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Occupy Newark Gains Steam, But Relationship with Residents has Deteriorated

12-19-11

The Occupy Newark movement, which began about two months ago with a handful of people and three tents has grown to an encampment with more than a dozen tents and more than 40 people sleeping in Military Park on a regular basis. While the protesters were initially welcomed in the city, in recent weeks the relationship between the occupiers and some residents has deteriorated.

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Some in Newark don’t believe outsiders should come to their city as part of the Occupy movement. But officials unanimously approved a 30-day suspension of a local ordinance to allow the protesters to sleep in Military Park overnight. Organizers hope the camp grows to more than 1,000 people, which would provide a level of activism that hasn’t been seen in the city for many years. NJToday’s David Cruz files this report from Newark.