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Occupy Cedar Valley tears down campsite after five weeks


Members of the Occupy Cedar Valley movement are officially calling off their occupation of Overman Park. The group held a final rally in Overman Park Thursday night to reflect on their five weeks of occupation and discuss plans for the future.

They initially planned to camp in Cedar Falls through the winter. However, their plans changed as the temperatures dropped and it became more difficult to keep campers on the site twenty-four hours a day. They've decided their energy is better spent organizing demonstrations around the community.

"We have a lot of hard work to do. We're going to be taking this message door-to-door, all throughout the community. We're going to be in every corner of the Cedar Valley talking about what's wrong with the world and how we can collectively come together and work to change things," organizer Chris Schwartz said.

Unlike other parts of the country, Occupy Cedar Valley demonstrations have not turned violent. As the OCV group met Thursday, thousands of New York protesters faced off against police. Hundreds were arrested, and there are reports of injuries from Occupy Wall Street activists and police officers.

"Mayor of New York, Mayor Bloomberg, he's definitely a one percent-er, and does not like the movement at all, and has been really unreasonable in his treatment of it," Schwartz said. "I think the reason things have been so peaceful here is that we've had such great cooperation with the Chief of Police and the Mayor of Cedar Falls."

Organizers insist this is not the end of their efforts. They will continue holding meetings on Sundays, and are planning a demonstration on the University of Northern Iowa campus at the end of the month.

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