Occupy Buffalo Sets Up 2nd Camp

December 19, 2011 Updated Dec 19, 2011 at 9:59 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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December 19, 2011 Updated Dec 19, 2011 at 9:59 PM EDT


(Buffalo, NY) For over two months, dozens of protesters have been living out of tents in Niagara Square.

They are part of the Occupy Buffalo movement that is trying to draw attention to a variety of issues, that they say, are hurting the poor and middle class.

Just recently, the City of Buffalo agreed to let the protesters stay in Niagara Square for the remainder of the winter.

In the case of a snow emergency, the protesters were to move their tents to Lafayette Square in the heart of Buffalo's business district.

Now, several members from Occupy Buffalo have pitched tents in Lafayette Square, without a snow emergency, creating a second camp in the downtown area.

Members of Occupy Buffalo say the new camp does not violate their agreement with the City of Buffalo.

However, municipal authorities have called for a meeting with the group's leaders to discuss the expansion.

Occupy Buffalo claims to be the longest uninterrupted occupation in the nation.

Members of the local occupation say they would like to see 1,000 people join their ranks, and they hope to set up other camps in several areas around the City of Buffalo.