Day or night, for weeks on end, Columbia residents stood at the corner of 8th Street and Broadway in front of the Columbia Utilities building doing their version of the occupy Wall Street movement. They set up camp with food, drinks, sleeping bags–you name it; they probably had it. Protesters would camp the night at the steps of the city building to keep the protest going the following morning. The weather did little to deter their presence. They held their ground through rain and frigid windy nights.
Occupy Columbia was recently evicted by the city after protesters pitched a tent in front of the utilities building. City spokespeople said the tent was taking it too far.
- By Muhammad Al-Rawi