Numbers Down, But Occupy Fort Wayne Protesters Say The Show Will Go On

By Jeff Neumeyer

October 17, 2011 Updated Oct 17, 2011 at 6:04 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Their numbers have dwindled since Saturday, but people affiliated with "Occupy Fort Wayne" say the protest is not over.

Small pockets of people were downtown at lunchtime Monday, toting signs and chanting.

City officials right now have no beef with the demonstrations.

We counted about ten picketers at the corner of Clinton and Wayne Streets at one p.m. Monday.

Some of the chants, "Whose streets? Your streets".

Another chant, referring to Wall Street, "They got bailed out, we got sold out".

On Saturday, at several locations in the downtown area, as many as three hundred people gathered in support of the "Occupy Fort Wayne" cause, which is a spin-off from other demonstrations being held around the nation, that have tended to criticize things like corporate greed.

City officials say they've made no arrests, and seen no real troublemakers, which was important when the group wanted to carry the demonstrations into this week.

Frank Suarez/Fort Wayne Director of Information: " They had asked us for an extension, they've been very peaceful, they've been cooperating with laws that we have here in the city and so we granted that Sunday because of that. Certainly, the Mayor understands that they have a right to free speech and he supports that, and certainly all of us should."

The protesters had permission to set up tents to sleep in Headwaters Park Saturday night.

An extension allowed that to happen again Sunday night.

A follow-up extension request was made for Monday night and beyond.

City officials say the group has been respectful so far, and that police have no plans to take action against protesters who choose to keep sleeping in Headwaters.

The weather forecast calls for worsening conditions into mid-week, which may impact whether the protests continue for any length of time.

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