Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Occupy Buffalo protesters and City of Buffalo officials said demonstrations in Niagara Square are running smoothly and peacefully. This is different from many protests across the country that have faced conflict with the city. Now in Buffalo, the groups have agreed on some new deals that they hope will continue the positive relationship.
Occupy Buffalo protesters struck a new deal to leave Niagara Square under certain conditions. The campers promise to move out of the square if there is severe weather. They will also leave if there is an unrelated event such as the Taste of Buffalo or other festivals. During this time, Occupy members will be provided with an alternate sight and they will have the right to return to the square when the weather clears up or the event is over.
"We really hope because we're not radical, radical like Los Angeles etc. We can continue our respect for the municipality, the police department and the city. We hope, with a group of attorneys, to handle this diplomatically, democratically and like human beings," Occupy Buffalo Protester Michael Mottern said.
Protesters said their agreement with city officials also requires them to leave the square if their permit expires. Members of the New York Civil Liberties Union, who are also involved with the protest, call this a "win-win" for everyone because it shows the city can accommodate freedom of speech while also protecting public safety.
The permit the protesters are working under at this time expires in February.