Group plans housing protest, campout at CityPlace pit

Published: May. 2, 2021 at 7:06 PM EDT|Updated: May. 3, 2021 at 4:59 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Protesters who took over Battery Park last summer say they’re going to set up camp again, this time, at the CityPlace pit in the middle of downtown Burlington.

The Battery Park Movement posted an invite on social media Saturday night asking people to take tents to the CityPlace construction site to protest against the rising cost of housing and the lack of affordable options in the Queen City.

WCAX News stopped by Saturday night and Sunday morning and saw a small handful of people and tents pitched there. We have not confirmed whether the people spotted were protesters or homeless people, but they showed up shortly after the post was made on Instagram.

On Sunday, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger’s office and police declined to comment. Police said they had not heard of the demonstration.

City councilors also did not want to speak on the issue, saying they were unaware of the protest. One councilor said he hopes protesters “understand the line between public and private properties.”

WCAX also reached out to CityPlace developers and did not hear back before this article was published.

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