"Occupy" protestors need to leave say council members Ghiz, Bortz

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Dozens of Occupy Cincinnati protestors marched to Cincinnati city hall Wednesday with one goal in mind - to keep their tents pitched in Piatt Park until they decide when its time to move on.

"We just want to make sure that people get the right to stand up and say to their government that they do not consent to what is going on and how this city is operating," said Eric Crew with Occupy.

The group is in their 12th day at the park and despite more than 140 citations totaling about $25,000 being issued by Cincinnati police officers, the group said it has every right to stay in the park. Occupy claims is a First Amendment right to free speech and the right to assemble.

At least three Cincinnati city council members disagree including Leslie Ghiz and Chris Bortz. "We have a lot of sympathy for this group of protestors. We may really appreciate what they have to say but we can't give them special treatment and in fact that's what we're doing now. What happens if the KKK shows up at this point and they wanted to camp out in Piatt Park for two weeks? We'd have to let them," said Bortz.

"They need to be removed every night as everybody else who would be in the park at night time, after hours, would be," said Ghiz. "I want them removed at 10:01 and they can come back at 6:01 if they like," she said.

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