Sunday, November 13, 2011

Things We Learned on Twitter Tonight- Occupy Chapel Hill Ends Badly

It was not the Varsity Theatre (pictured here) where they are showing "Contagion" and "Crazy, Stupid Love" (it's a second-house venue now) that was occupied as part of the Occupy Chapel Hill movement, but rather a vacant car lot, also on Franklin Street where the cinema is.

According to a tweet from "The Daily Tarheel," the student-run newspaper of the University of North Carolina, the movement was broken by police.

We later learned from various sources that eight people were arrested as a SWAT team and 25 police officers broke up the gathering around 4:30 p.m. today. Some 70 people were in the building.

The matter will likely be a controversial one for Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, who was just re-elected on Tuesday. Occupy Chapel Hill is one of many movements inspired by Occupy Wall Street.

Chapel Hill is considered to be the most progressive zip code in North Carolina, and it is home to The Internationalist Bookstore, which is a gathering place for liberal activists in the collegetown community.

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