Occupy Marchers Sidestep Bel Air, Plan Stop In Havre de Grace

Marchers are likely to reach the Hatem Bridge by 8 p.m., looking to stay in Havre de Grace overnight into Friday.

While members of the Occupy movement were at first planning to travel through Bel Air on a march from New York to Washington, DC, those plans changed today.

Those marching from New York to Washington, DC, in the Occupy movement are likely to face their largest hurdle to date late Thursday—the Susquehanna River. The Hatem Bridge, which carries U.S. Route 40 over the mile-wide river, is closed to pedestrian traffic.

The Cecil Whig reported Thursday afternoon that the "Perryville Police Department has said that they will arrange a way for the protesters to get across the Hatem Bridge to Havre de Grace."

According to Havre de Grace officials who have spoken with those marching south from New York, a group is expected to reach the Hatem Bridge around 8 p.m. Thursday. A website dedicated to the marchers confirmed a route change after the initial plan called for a stop in Bel Air. After Havre de Grace, they will continue down Route 40, with a planned Friday night stop in Joppatowne.

Those on foot would encounter a 10 p.m. curfew in Havre de Grace, meaning parks and public property would be unavailable for a camp site, although officials were discussing Thursday afternoon some alternative options for the marchers.

"We are trying to figure out the best way to safely accommodate those in the movement," Havre de Grace police spokesman  told Patch.

Patch has left a message with a member of the group marching through Cecil County.

Stay with Patch for updates.

Hazzard Native November 17, 2011 at 07:51 PM
I hope they pick up their trash as they camp in Harford County. Looking at all of the other places these folk "occupy" they look more like homeless encampments. I support the right to free speech, even if you don't have a platform.
Patrick November 17, 2011 at 08:06 PM
As far as I've heard; the marchers have been contacting people through social media sites, like couchsurfing.org (I actually received a request and would have happily given some folks a place to sleep, if I had enough room for the estimated 5-15 people they said would be coming with their group, but my apt in Bel Air is pretty small). I'm sure these people will not be littering along the way... Can't wait to see all the complaints about held up traffic, etc. tomorrow morning...
David Stoll November 18, 2011 at 11:56 AM
My comment is.....it's not worth commenting about. I gotta go to work.
Ellen November 18, 2011 at 02:26 PM
agreed David....off to work I go too...i have watched some of the interviews with them and I am not sure its the media picking the spacest one but they all seem like space cadets to me and they really need to go to work


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