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Occupy Fort Collins Activists Leave Old Town Site, Plan to Relocate

Occupy Fort Collins site October 18, 2011
Kevin Mussman, TRI-102.5

There were no signs, no more tents, no more activists at the corner of Jefferson/Maple and College Avenue in Fort Collins as of 8AM this morning. Occupy Fort Collins protesters have left the corner in Old Town. According to a post on the Occupy Fort Collins Facebook page, they want to make the site more portable so they can move it about in Fort Collins.

The local activists have occupied the corner in Old Town since October 10th, according to the Fort Collins Coloradoan. The group went on to say on their Facebook post that they plan to relocate in Fort Collins as soon as Tuesday morning and will also have office hours, which are yet to be determined.

The original protest site was vacant at 8 a.m. today.

The number of daily protesters has waned as the occupation enters its second month, although larger numbers still show up on weekends.

The group set up at the corner on Oct. 10, eventually bringing in tents and campers as the weather worsened. At times, dozens of people stood out with signs, flags and banners.

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An activist that was at the  Occupy Fort Collins site from time to time, Benjamin David Gilmore, was arrested on November 4th on suspicion of arson in the Penny Flats fire in Old Town that started on October 24, 2011.

I spoke to Benjamin Gilmore on October 18th to find out what the Occupy Fort Collins movement was about.

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