Sunday, October 09, 2011

News Channel 8 ( Coverage of @OccupyHartford (@missnikkiann was interviewed)

"Protestors camp out on Hartford grounds

Updated: Friday, 07 Oct 2011, 10:21 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 07 Oct 2011, 5:13 PM EDT
HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) - A down sized version of what's happening on Wall Street came marching through the streets Hartford, because folks want to express their disappoints regarding America's financial situation.
The protestors want to occupy Hartford to show their solidarity and support for the movement.
"I've grown frustrated with the situation in America," says Missnikkiann Fulse of Hartford.
Frustration is at the heart of the protest. Folks said they are fed up with what they say is corporate greed and financial inequality. There were about 400 protestors, by their count, who came to camp out and occupy a park at Broad and Farmington in Hartford.
There is no chanting, but there is constant repeating of announcements.
"I've been to protests in the past, you get a little cynical about them cause you see the same people, that sort of thing, but you know, there's new people here," says Brendan Mahoney of Hartford.
East protestor had their own story, and reason for occupying Hartford. Fulse went to school, then graduated school, she got a job and paid for insurance, but when she got sick, her insurance dropped her.
"We get so comfortable with that illusion, and when it's shattered, and you get sick, and you no longer fit into the picture, it's crushing," says Fulse.
Folks agree that there's no longer an equal playing field.
"There's a very small minority of people who have far too much sway in power within the halls of government," says Mahoney.
They're hoping that small minority can't ignore what's growing larger by the day. The 99 percent who say they don't hold the power want to right the wrongs, because America deserves better.
"I love this country, I love, on a sense, our form of democracy, the fact that our constitution, you know, allows us to have meetings like this," says Mahoney.
A small group is camping out, and will be in the area all weekend. large crowds are expected for Saturday and Sunday."