Peace reigns, as mayor visits Occupy Philly protestors

Members of the group Occupy Philadelphia continue to protest at City Hall.

The group has set up a mini tent city on Dilworth Plaza. One of the demonstrators, Amy DiFillippo said the encampment had a surprise overnight guest – Mayor Michael Nutter.

“He spent half an hour to 45 minutes, took his time spoke to anyone who was still awake,” DiFillippo said. “The tone of the conversation was `keep it peaceable we want to support you. We understand what your causes are, don’t forget we are here for you too.’ Really a nice conversation.”

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said his department has done its homework, and wants events to remain calm.

“We have tracked every single city in which this is taking place and our goal is to Philadelphia the example of how to do it without any of that kind of conflict,” Ramsey said. “Hopefully we are successful. We’ll handle whatever comes our way, but that’s our goal, not to get involved in conflict.”

The protesters say for now there’s no definitive end to the protest.

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