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Standoff Possible in Charleston Inequality Protest

October 31, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The city is putting pressure on the Occupy Charleston protesters in Davis Park. The mayor's office wants them out of the downtown park at night. With the weather turning cold, the city is cutting off power for heaters and stoves, but the protesters say they are staying put.

Dylan Engles, an unemployed Charleston man, says he's staying because the economic situation is just not fair. He says no matter how hard he and his friends and family work, they can't catch a break.

"They've paid their taxes, they've done their dues for society. But yet they still can't find a good job. They still can't support their families in the way they need to support them."

The protesters describe themselves as the voice of the 99 percent of the population falling behind as the gap between the rich and poor increases.

According to Ted Boettner, executive director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, working people have had to struggle harder and harder over the last 30 years just to keep what they've got.

"A typical worker in West Virginia made more per hour in 1979, than they did today. The middle class has been squeezed while higher-income earners have seen a higher increase in their income every year."

Protesters like Engles say they don't have a lot to lose. Engles says social mobility is starting to feel like a fading dream.

"Kind of seems like society always puts a few blockers up. If you're in the lower tier, you're going to have to work really, really hard to get out of that lower tier. Can't mess up once. As soon as you mess up once, you're stuck there."

Facebook messages from protesters around the East Coast say they are ready to weather a winter storm moving through the region this week.

Dan Heyman, Public News Service - WV