Buffalo (WKBW) The battle lines have been drawn when it comes to the Occupy Buffalo protest, including who will foot the electric bill for the movement.
Should the Occupy Buffalo movement be able to use city electricity to help power their protest? Channel Seven's Jason Gruenauer found out the answer to that question was just as diverse as feelings on the protest itself.
"I think it's a wonderful movement."
"It seems to me to be a big waste of time."
"I think it's a good thing."
"I don't think it's the best way to make change."
These are just some of the feelings of Buffalo residents when it comes to the tent city occupying Niagara Square in Downtown Buffalo.
But the issue of electricity remains. Protestors have plugged into the power box in Niagara Square and are using extension cords to power their tents. Occupy Buffalo does have a permit from the city to camp in Niagara Square, and it includes the use of the power box. But some say that's not right.
Ryan Fulton says he is actively opposed to the protest, and its use of city electricity.
"I think it's absurd. What are they paying for, who are they paying for the electricity that i pay for? If you're trying to fuel your own revolution, use your own power. You're just feeding off of everybody else. I know not everybody is behind these people, otherwise I think there would be a lot more people out here," he said.
Others say the protestors have a Constitutional right to assemble, and should be able to use city electricity to help spark change.
"For the small amount of power that they use, and the large thing they have created nationwide, I'm ok with it"> Occupy Buffalo supporter Larry Williams said.
"They're living in tents. I'm pretty sure there's not a lot of amenities in those tents. I can't imagine they have flat screen TVs. So when it boils down to it, how much power are they really wasting?" Steven Pantoja added.
Either way, Occupy Buffalo says it's not going anywhere, even as the first snowflake of the season falls on downtown.