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As Cities Crack Down, Lansing Distinguishes Itself By Respecting Occupy Lansing

Across the country, mayors have cracked down on the 99 Percent, asking them to end their occupations and using heavy-handed force if they refuse.

But one city has distinguished itself in its congeniality towards demonstrators. Populist progressive mayor in Lansing, Michigan, Virg Benero, appeared at Occupy Lansing last month to lend his support, and since then, both the city and protesters have had a cordial relationship. Local news station WLNS covered this relationship in a video report. Watch it:

“I think that our Occupy protest has been a model for the country, in both the way they’ve conducted themselves and the relationship we’ve established with them…very cooperative collaborative relationship,” said Randy Hannan, the mayor’s executive assistant.