Occupy Philadelphia protesters have been evicted, Occupy Pittsburgh protesters are being sued, and in Lancaster, protesters are leaving as their permit expires New Year’s Day.
In mid-November, Occupy Harrisburg tents along the Susquehanna River were confiscated by the city. But the original rallying point of the group, at the base of the state Capitol steps, is still home to a cluster of protest essentials–signs, flags, a kerosene heater.
With light snow falling and loud construction nearby, three people last week marked the 76th day of the occupation.
One man said the Capitol police have been downright friendly.
“They wave at us from time to time. No honking. Sometimes one of ’em will flip on their sirens, womp, womp,” said Ed Roberts. “The city of Harrisburg brought us Thanksgiving dinner.”
Roberts said he’s been coming to this spot for about three weeks.
A Capitol Police spokesman says officers monitor Occupy Harrisburg around the clock, and have had a good “working relationship” with the protesters.
Neither protesters nor police say they see an end in sight for the occupation.