Occupy Asheville has reached it’s 5th day in downtown Asheville. I covered day one of the protest with photos and audio quotes from the protesters. Today, at Prichard Park, still about 80 people met for a general assembly. I asked a few more protesters about why they have come, and how they are being perceived in the community.
This is Andy. While I interview him, he’s serving donated soup out of 5 gallon buckets for the protesters to eat. He’s very energetic, all afternoon he’s engaged in helping this ad-hoc community work.
Not stopping his ladling of soup, he discussed with me at length with how generous local businesses have been at supplying the protesters with supplies and support. Here’s an excerpt:
There’s a big pile of camping supplies in the park, with protest signs leaned against them. This seems to be an improvisational mess-hall supplied by donations and staffed by whoever is willing. Here’s one of the signs.
This is Bill Abraham. He told us, “I would like for everyone to pay their fair share, and by that I mean, the people who are at the top of our economic structure need to contribute to America the same as everyone else does.”
She also feels that corporations should not have the same rights as people, a common theme in a lot of our interviews:
FML wants to increase the level of Chaos in Asheville. Without his bandana on, FML engages with the other protesters easily. He’s actually full of smiles, but insisted on wearing the bandana for this photo.
When asked about the meaning of his sign, he said:
It’s striking to me that entering Pritchard Park, there’s a whole functioning community to be found. Leaving the park, it’s only a few steps before you find that you are in a thriving tourist town, visitors everywhere, and very few people are aware and cognizant of the subculture being created in the center of the city. I’ll keep up coverage every few days as this protest continues.