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Occupy Darien Draws Fire From Readers

DARIEN, Conn. – Readers have reacted harshly to the idea that Occupy Wall Street protesters will be coming to Darien later this month. The comments section on the original story is filled with posts, ranging from criticisms of the Occupy movement to personal attacks on Occupy Darien’s organizer, Margaret Rague.

Reader Bogs101 writes that blue-collar workers and Wall Street executives have coexisted well in town. “Try focusing on the right area, i.e., Washington, and not the people who employ or create jobs.”

Reader Lvitone, who is in graduate school in Colorado, will be returning home to Darien for the holidays and does not look forward to running into the protesters. “If you want to make a statement, go down to the beach houses where the disturbingly wealthy live ... and please, please respect the holidays. Not everyone in Darien is ruining your economy. Don't ruin the one week I get to spend with my family for me.”

Codasnap52 said of the protesters, “They don't realize their protests are quite inconsiderate of those who are not the problem. What a shame that these Occupy protesters will infringe upon a time of year that many of us find not only relaxing but sacred. It’s just classless.”

Mr. E called Rague “clueless” and said the movement should focus on Capitol Hill. “The lack of regulations or relaxed regulations during the 1990s and early 2000s laid the groundwork for our current economic situation. If these people want change, change your voting habits, change our politicians and they will change the system.”

Jeckunev writes that Tilley Pond is not the right place to hold a protest. “And as much as I hate to say it, I don't want these people here. I sympathize with the ideas behind the Occupy Wall Street movement, but the people representing it are ... well, crazy. Most are people that can't hold down a job and end up blaming everyone but themselves.”

Markungemach is one of the few readers who said the Occupy movement is justified and called the categorization of protesters as lazy or dirty meritless, saying the protesters come from all walks of life.

“If the Occupy movement can help lead us to serious debate, I am all for it, and I don't think a protest in towns like Darien is so misplaced. The decline of the middle class in this country is very real, and I would think that it should be of concern to everyone, as a strong middle class helps make for better markets.”

Rague says she intends the event to be a peaceful one that will inspire dialogue between protesters and people who work on Wall Street. Occupy Darien is scheduled for Dec. 21 and 22 at Tilley Pond Park.

What do you think of Occupy Darien? Keep the conversation going in the comments below.

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