Oct 7, 2011 at 9:36 am
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI, AP) - St. Cloud State students were expected to be among the hundreds of Minnesota activists who converged on the Hennepin County Government Center plaza Friday in solidarity with the demonstrations against Wall Street.
Members of SCSU's Students Organized for Change group said they expected to have several students from St. Cloud on hand to join the growing series of national demostrations.
Former Gov. Jesse Ventura made an appearance as the event got going Friday morning, He didn't give a speech but spoke to people in the crowd, posed for pictures and signed autographs.
The protesters planned to "occupy'' the plaza starting Friday, and said they would stay there until they see major changes. The OccupyMN protesters have varied causes, but have spoken largely about unemployment, economic inequality and corporate greed.
The Occupy Wall Street protests started Sept. 17 in New York with a few dozen demonstrators. Since then, hundreds have set up camp in lower Manhattan. Related demonstrations have popped up around the country.
Officials say they'll allow the occupation in Minneapolis, as long as protesters don't break any laws. Occupy Minnesota organizers are planning workshops Friday afternoon, followed by a rally at 5 p.m.