Occupy Maine Demonstrates Outside Obama Fundraiser
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Occupy Maine, which decamped from a city park last month, showed it’s still active with a noisy demonstration Friday evening outside a fundraiser for President Barack Obama at the Portland Museum of Art.
More than 30 demonstrators chanted and banged drums, cowbells and tambourines to call attention to corporate greed, economic inequality and the influence of money in politics. Holding a banner that said “Occupy Everywhere,” demonstrators handed out free soup while Obama’s supporters paid $5,000 or more to dine with the president.
Michael Shaughnessy, of Portland, said the demonstrators wanted Obama to remember the message of the so-called 99 percent that “money doesn’t equate to voice.”
“We all believe that too few people have too much control over the resources. The income disparity is huge. And they have too much control over the political system,” he said.
Occupy Maine touted itself as the nation’s longest-running Occupy-inspired encampment before being forced out of Lincoln Park on Feb. 10 after losing a court battle against the city.
The city cited concerns about disturbances, public safety and sanitation in ordering the demonstrators out of the park. Occupy Maine insisted that the demonstration was constitutionally protected free speech but failed to convince a judge to let them stay.
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