About 50 'Occupy Utica' protesters spend the night in tents

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - About 50 of the estimated crowd of 400 people who 'occupied' Utica Thursday evening ended up spending the night.

The diehard protesters say they will continue to 'Occupy Utica' 24 hours a day as long as the weather permits.

One of the organizers, Ken Keplinger says he does not want to put anyone's health in jeopardy, so as soon as the temperatures drop overnight to a temperature the group believes is unsafe, the protest will then only take place during the day.

Keplinger says they do plan to stay 24 hours a day, as long as they can.

Keplinger, who himself spent the night in a tent along Liberty Bell Park says it was rainy and cold on this first overnight, but it was an enthusiastic bunch who spent the night, "high spirits, a lot of people going by and honking for us. People from Utica, from businesses all over. They've been coming by, they're saying way to go, thanks for being out here for us, here's some food, here's some water."

The crowd was estimated to be about 400 during the peak 6:00 p.m. hour Thursday night, when the group held its kickoff event.

Just like their counterparts in the ongoing 'Occupy Wall Street' protest in New York City many of the protesters here in Utica chant and hold up signs with slogans about political and financial reform.

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