OccupyMaine charts its future

By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 26, 2012



10/1 First OccupyMaine event in Monument Square

10/3 At the invitation of city officials seeking to move them from Monument Square, OccupyMaine sets up camp in Lincoln Park. In the Phoenix's first Occupy report, written by Jeff Inglis: "The group is an orderly bunch, with all-hands meetings at least daily run by simple, clearly explained rules of order, and all attending welcome to speak. Their plan is to stay indefinitely, and they welcome all supporters, and are seeking donations of food and supplies, as well as cash to cover costs like printing flyers to explain what they're doing."

MID-OCT Occupy groups spring up in Augusta, Bangor, and South Portland.


10/23 Around 4 am, a chemical bomb is lobbed into Lincoln Park; members of the encampment subsequently moved their tents and common spaces to a different area of the park, closer to government-building surveillance cameras.

LATE NOV Several arrests (mostly on charges of disorderly conduct or assault) take place at the Lincoln Park camp, which at its high point was estimated to hold 48 tents and 75 people.


11/27 Nine members of OccupyAugusta are arrested for jumping the fence outside the Blaine House. "The recent act of nonviolent civil disobedience by nine middle-aged and older Occupy Augusta supporters — arrested for refusing to leave the governor's mansion grounds — opens a new phase in Maine's Occupy movement," Lance Tapley wrote in these pages. "In the tradition of Thoreau, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, their protest against the state's threat to dismantle the Augusta encampment also represents another step in Occupy Augusta's progress from anarchistic statement to political action."

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