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‘Occupy San Jose’ Protester On Ledge Seeks Meeting With Leaders

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Shaun O’Kelly, the “Occupy San Jose” protester who has been atop a large wall outside City Hall for nearly a week to protest the removal of protesters from the plaza below, is requesting to meet with city officials.

In a handwritten note handed down to the group Wednesday night, O’Kelly, a 27-year-old man who goes by the nickname “Cracker,” requested that the group approve his demand and send it to City Manager Debra Figone and Mayor Chuck Reed.

He wants to meet with Figone and Reed to ask that the protesters be given permission to remain at City Hall plaza without a limit on tents. In exchange, he would climb down from the wall.

“Obviously if we are permitted there, there will have to be strict rules and guidelines to do so – bend but don’t break,” he wrote in the note. “Other than that it’s up to you guys to decide what is acceptable to us. I will come down immediately if our demands are met.”

O’Kelly spent his fifth night on the wall overnight. According to Peter Brown, an acting spokesman for the group, O’Kelly is “doing fine.”

Police have said that O’Kelly could be cited or arrested when he descends. In the meantime, the other protesters are passing food to O’Kelly in a plastic bag that he hoists to the top of the wall using a rope.

The group will consider his request tonight at its “General Assembly” held every night at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Plaza where the protesters have set up their tents. On average, around 30 people attend the meetings each night.

Brown said there were no police raids or arrests overnight.

On Tuesday, police arrested seven protesters. Four were arrested for misdemeanor illegal camping and booked into Santa Clara County Jail, and the three others were cited at the scene and released.

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  • Milan Moravec

    Every qualified California student should get a place in University of California system. That’s a desirable goal for a public university. However, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau displaces Californians qualified for education at Cal. with $50,600 tuition Foreigners.
    UC tuition increases exceed the national average rate of increase. The University of California Board Of Regents jeopardizes Californians attending higher education by making UC the most expensive public university in the United States.
    Self-serving tuition increases are used by UC President Mark Yudof to increase the pay of 80,000 eligible faculty and others. Payoffs like these point to higher operating costs and still higher tuition for Californians. Instate tuition consumes 14% of Ca. Median Family Income!
    I agree that faculty in higher education and senior management, like Yudof and Birgeneau, should consider the students’ welfare and put it high on their values.
    Deeds unfortunately do not bear out the students’ welfare values of campus senior management and the UC Board of Regents.
    Opinions to UC Board of Regents, email

  • Guapi

    Oh just give Humpty Dumpty a push and let George Soros’ horses and men try to put him back together again.

  • BMAC

    Shoot him down!

  • Ag Gonza


    Some real Journalism
    What are Occupy folks about
    Who are they

    Your articles head line would have been sufficient , no need to waste your and my time reading.

  • tn

    Everyone has got to wonder, where does he go and what does he do with “it?” And how does he wash his hands before he heats?

  • tn

    typo, should be “eats.”

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