A chain link fence now shuts the public off from a green oasis along Smithfield Street that became a tent city for Occupy Pittsburgh last fall, but now the park is coming back.
It appears that time has officially run out on Occupy Pittsburgh protestors. The group was ordered by a judge to leave Mellon Green by Monday afternoon. On Tuesday, sheriff’s deputies and posted “No trespassing” signs and then left the area.
After the eviction deadline passed, a group of Occupy Pittsburgh protestors and a few tents were still at the Mellon Green in downtown Pittsburgh.
The Occupy Pittsburgh movement may be coming to a close. According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, some people in the encampment appeared to be leaving their Mellon Green encampment Sunday morning.
Police put of signs at every entrance to Mellon Green where the Occupy Pittsburgh movement has been set up since October. The signs tell the protestors they have to go.
On six different nights, investigator Marty Griffin visited the tent encampment on the Mellon Green downtown and found all 60 tents where you would expect protestors to be sleeping — empty.
Despite the snow and bone-chilling temperatures many Occupy Pittsburgh demonstrators say they are ready for the long, cold winter. “I know it’s cold, but we will survive,” one protestor told KDKA-TV.
Occupy Pittsburgh protesters have been busy preparing for winter, but if BNY Mellon has its way, they won’t have to worry about the plunging temperatures for long.
Occupy Pittsburgh protestors got the word from BNY Mellon to pack up and leave or the bank will go to court to ask for an injunction.
In some ways the protesters of Occupy Pittsburgh and the pilgrim fathers of that first Thanksgiving 390 years ago are not so very different. Certainly, they share a freedom of expression.