‘Occupy’ 2012: Plans Underway To Disrupt Rose Parade With ‘Human Float’

PASADENA (CBS) — 2011 may quickly be coming to an end, but the ‘Occupy’ movement said it plans on sticking with its  same old strategy on New Year’s Day in 2012.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports organizers announced plans Thursday to crash the Rose Parade in Pasadena.

An organizer from the Los Angeles demonstration has launched the “Occupy The Rose Parade” website to rally supporters.

The protest will reportedly focus on the role of banks and corporations in the political process as well as the militarization of the parade itself, said organizer Peter Thottam.

Thottam is planning protests at at least three locations along the parade route.

“There’s no single location, there are a number of strategic spots that we are scoping out and we’ve got various ideas, all protected by the First Amendment,” said Thottam.

The group expects upwards of 40,000 protesters at the parade — a turnout that may be used to make what organizers are calling a “human float”.

But no matter what happens, Thottam asserted the assembly will be peaceful and law-abiding.

“I met with the Rose Parade staff and the Pasadena police department,” he said. “Everything will be on the up-and-up.”

Organizers with the parade have so far declined comment on the planned protest.


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