Occupy Pittsburgh Protesters Undaunted By Ultimatum

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Time is running out for Occupy Pittsburgh.

BNY Mellon has issued an ultimatum, threatening to go to court if tents are not removed from BNY Mellon Green by noon Sunday.

However, protesters appeared undaunted on Saturday as they took to the streets to continue to voice their message.

They called it a march for “Human Rights, Not Corporate Rights.” Members of Occupy Pittsburgh joined union members and other community groups in a protest for jobs, health care and education on Saturday afternoon.

They first rallied at the Kingsley Center in Larimer, and then marched to the new Bakery Square development on Penn Avenue.

“In 1948, the U.N. signed a declaration of human rights, and that provided for all people, the right to free and quality education, health care and a good job that you can raise a family on,” said Jeff Cech, of the Occupy Pittsburgh movement.

After the march, Occupy Pittsburgh members returned to the BNY Mellon Green where they are facing a new challenge.

BNY Mellon, in a letter, told the group it’s concerned about safety conditions after hearing reports of hypothermia and the use of propane heaters.

BNY Mellon is now requiring the group to remove all tents and leave the property no later than noon on Sunday.

But Occupy Pittsburgh apparently has no plans to leave the park.

“We believe we’re well within our rights to be on that land,” Cech added. “We’re protected by both our state and federal constitution’s right to peaceably assemble and petition our government. So, we don’t see Occupy Pittsburgh going anywhere anytime soon.”

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  • Mr. Santa Flush

    Rudolph just pooped on the rug again!!

    • Fredie Frog

      He’s allowed to. He is part of the 99%.

  • Ron W

    No you do not have a right. It is PRIVATE PROPERTY you morons!!!!!!!!

    • ron winner

      Way to stand up for the banks rights. you are robin hoods evil twin.

      • mayorofgbd

        hey “probe” AND they have not revoked that permission…,and notified the. It is now DEFIANT TRESSPASS, plain and simple.

      • Ron W for Pres

        He isn’t standing up for banks rights. You would complain to if I pitched a tent on your lawn and started complaining every chance that I got. They are on the banks property.

      • http://globalprobe.wordpress.com globalprobe

        You are forgetting that the bank gave them permission.

  • gman

    Critter: Does your mommy know that you`re playing with her computer again?

  • Shane

    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948, was the result of the experience of the Second World War. Not the result of individuals wanting what they have not earned nor work hard for. No rights have been taken away from these people. The fact that they are comparing themselves to the brave individuals that human rights declaration was written is pure ignorance. It’s time that people stop watching jersey shore on their 55” plasma television and realize that living above your means does not equate to someone else paying for it. In the United States of America when you reach 18 years of age you can receive, free health care, free meals, and free room and board. Just raise your right had to solemnly swear to defend your country from all enemies foreign and domestic. But these people will say they do not believe in how the government is run and they will not do things they don’t believe in blah, blah, blah. So it is all summed up to like this;
    Article 13 (2) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country
    If you find another country is so much better, you can you have the” right” to forget about the last six words.

    • gman

      I haven`t heard of any of these people asking for things they didn`t work for,they`re asking for a level playing field.2trillion dollars a year for corporate welfare and several more billion for wall st. bailouts with no strings attached. Shane says love it and keep your mouth shut or leave. Real patriots want to make their country better for all not just the 1% at the top.

      • Mayor of GBD

        you do not represent the other 99%. I’ll bet it’s less than 25%. Wah, Wah, Wah…sux to be you.

  • gman

    It doesn`t suck to be me.I retired at the age of 53 and every winter I spend 3 weeks in the Caribbean.

    • Mayor of GBD

      dream on Alice, you’re in Wonderland!

    • # 1 Bull

      I don’t believe you for you write so many posts that are lies, your so full of poo gman your skins brown.

  • Citizen

    I am always fascinated by those who quote the Constitution and meld their spin around it. So I guess is Jeff OWNED any property (highly doubtful), I would be well within my Constitutional rights to set up camp on his land and peacably demonstrate. Msg to Occupy Protesters: Your message (whatever it was) has been heard. You got on the news. Now go home, get a job, stop collecting unemployment, write to your congressman, and vote for change.

  • crusher mcgee

    you right wingers are so boring. Spouting off at the mouth anything that Glenn Beck and Fox news tells you to. But I guess it’s whatever helps you to sleep at night. Now go out and spend thousands of dollars on Christmas presents that were mostly made overseas and consider yourselves strong christians and patriots!

    • Jim

      Gotta love your jealousy!

    • Brats

      They live at home with mommy & daddy,who also pay for their student loans & cellphones

  • Mr. Kite

    Does FOX make them dumb or do only dumb people watch FOX?

    • # 1 News Fox

      Do you mean Fox the number 1 fair and balanced news network that drives idiots like you crazy because of their accuracy .

      • Sheckels

        um. not quite Bub

  • Yukon Cornelius

    Careful folks….Remember how Hermie and Rudolph became heroes after they were picked on? We’re not all from the Island of Misfit Toys, so let’s be civil.

  • Level Green

    If you haven’t realized it by now Occupiers, your 15 minutes of fame are up and people are just tired of your complaining.

    By the way, when you marched to the Target store in East Liberty, did anyone stop to fill out a job application? They are looking for quality seasonal people….

  • Cookie

    go home now…you are not protesting, you are hanging out.

  • I hate mobs

    These “protesters” went to Target? And are complaining about the tax money spent to develop the property? They should be protesting the gov’t giveaways that made this possible. But wait, that would be tea party protesters. These “occupy protesters” are the same ones who tell politicians to “invest” tax money in these areas of town that no business would find profitable without the subsidizies. These people really need to buy a clue to decide what it is they are for or against. So do they want the shopping centers in these neighborhoods or not? Ask 99% of people who live in the area, and they are happy its there. The union people probably targeted Target since it is nonuntion jobs. Most of E LIberty would be terribly run-down if it weren’t for tax money going to both private businesses and non-profits like the Kingsley Center.

  • Mrs. Santa Flush

    Do any of you people like spaghetti? If we could all just sit down and have some spaghetti together then maybe we could all just get along.

  • Hotel6

    Give them a good bath then shoot them

    • Hoteldorx

      you shoot them,tough guy

  • Ben

    wonder if these hipsters would ever protest a starbucks … i bet not

  • Dr. Zaeus

    In the words of the late Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes, “It’s a MAD HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

  • critter

    Shoot them

  • Phillip

    I cant believe any American would complain about these folks demonstrating their First Amendment rights and freezing their tookis off in the process. I know I couldnt do it. It’s way cold outside. They just want something better so I think the least i can do is respect them.

    • mayorofgbd

      18 Pa.C.S. § 3503: Criminal trespass

      (a) Buildings and occupied structures.–

      (1) A person commits an offense if, knowing that he is not licensed or privileged to do so, he:

      (i) enters, gains entry by subterfuge or surreptitiously remains in any building or occupied structure or separately secured or occupied portion thereof; or

      (ii) breaks into any building or occupied structure or separately secured or occupied portion thereof.

      (2) An offense under paragraph (1)(i) is a felony of the third degree, and an offense under subparagraph (1)(ii) is a felony of the second degree.

      (3) As used in this subsection:

      “Breaks into.” To gain entry by force, breaking, intimidation, unauthorized opening of locks, or through an opening not designed for human access.

      (b) Defiant trespasser.–

      (1) A person commits an offense if, knowing that he is not licensed or privileged to do so, he enters or remains in any place as to which notice against trespass is given by:

      (i) actual communication to the actor;

      (ii) posting in a manner prescribed by law or reasonably likely to come to the attention of intruders;

      (iii) fencing or other enclosure manifestly designed to exclude intruders;

      (iv) notices posted in a manner prescribed by law or reasonably likely to come to the person’s attention at each entrance of school grounds that visitors are prohibited without authorization from a designated school, center or program official; or

      (v) an actual communication to the actor to leave school grounds as communicated by a school, center or program official, employee or agent or a law enforcement officer.

      (2) Except as provided in paragraph (1)(v), an offense under this subsection constitutes a misdemeanor of the third degree if the offender defies an order to leave personally communicated to him by the owner of the premises or other authorized person. An offense under paragraph (1)(v) constitutes a misdemeanor of the first degree. Otherwise it is a summary offense.

      • http://globalprobe.wordpress.com globalprobe

        They are legal tenants.

      • mayorofgbd

        probe, what are you smoking? did you even read ther statute?

  • Frank

    I have nothing against people who want to protest. But they are on mellon bank’s property. Private property rights are one of the things that made this nation so great. If people started camping on my lawn complaining about me, I’d be pretty ticked off. Mellon has been more than gracious by allowing you to use that land for the past 2 months. If someone gets hurt on their property, do you really think these people aren’t going to sue them? They have to protect themselves. So go back home and come down every day without a tent if you want. But you have no right to be on someone else’s property. Too bad they can’t just turn on the sprinkler system or something.

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