Frustrated by the Mayor’s unwillingness to extend special permission for Occupy Richmond protestors to spend the night in public parks, they have taken up an offer from the Mayor’s neighbor to occupy that neighbor’s front lawn.
Occupy Richmond protestors have found another location wherein to colonize: next door to Mayor Dwight Jones’s home.
The Publisher of the Richmond Free Press, Raymond Boone, made it known in his paper last Thursday that Occupy protestors were welcome to encamp in his yard, which is directly next to Mayor Jones’s residence in the Brookbury subdivision of South Richmond. Occupy protestors are still upset with the Mayor for his refusal to grant special permission to allow overnight encampment at the previous locations used by protestors, Kanawha Plaza and Monroe Park.
Protestors have erected tents and procured basic provisions for an overnight stay. Richmond Police are present also in a supervisory role, including leading officials of the command staff.
Here are photos from yesterday
Via a statement provided by the Mayor’s Office, Mayor Jones has “no comment on what a private home owner chooses to do on his/her own property as long as it is within the law.”