Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Niagara Square was peaceful and subdued this morning, with Occupy Buffalo protesters focused on the issues. That wasn't the case in Lafayette Square overnight with major controversy brewing after the area was raided and one person arrested.
Niagara Square is the original camp but a small group of people over last weekend decided to set up shop in Lafayette Square, which didn't go over well with city officials. Mayor Byron Brown and protesters came up with an agreement that Niagara Square would be the Occupy Buffalo Headquarters and that tents can be set up but Lafayette was not part of the agreement.
There was a threat that protesters in Lafayette Square would be forced out on Tuesday but that didn't happen. It wasn't until Wednesday overnight that police took action raiding the area and asking them to leave. According to protesters there was only four people on site at the time. Everyone left peacefully except for one person who was arrested and taken to the holding center.
"Any peace achieved anywhere without freedom of speech is not peace. It doesn't matter if it's City Hall and Occupy Buffalo or the President of the United States, it does matter. If it cost the freedom of speech it isn't peace," protester Chris Phillips said.
After the arrest, many of the protesters went to the holding center to show their discontent with the police. They were chanting "free Christina Cook". They said that was the girl taken into custody.
Not all occupy protesters are supporting the decision of their counterparts to move to Lafayette Square or take a stand against police.
We are still waiting on comment from the city about these arrests. As for the protesters, many said they are still going to occupy more of downtown Buffalo than just Niagara Square, despite actions by the city.