Occupy Newark Gains Steam, But Relationship with Residents has Deteriorated


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.


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.