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Occupy O.C. protesters opt for a peaceful approach

January 12, 2012 | 11:16 am

After peacefully leaving their encampment in Irvine, Occupy O.C. protesters are moving to Fullerton.

Tents, tarps, audio equipment, a podium and other well-worn supplies were loaded into cars beginning 8 a.m. Wednesday at the corner of Alton Parkway and Harvard Avenue. Supplies will be taken to the new site at Fullerton City Hall.

"It's kind of a bittersweet thing," said J.B. Wagoner, a protester from Temecula. "I think that the Occupy movement has reached some of its goals as far as raising awareness of corporate money and politics, but there's still a lot to be done. I think that we'll see the Occupy movement moving forward with positive things."

Their peaceful approach, unlike much of what has been seen at other Occupy hubs nationwide, has ensured their movement's longevity, Wagoner said.

"Some people went at it the wrong way — they went at it confrontational, instead of peaceful," Wagoner said. "In confrontation mode, people always lose, especially when it's violent confrontation."

Abdur Outlaw, another Occupy member, said of relocating that protesters have established a relationship with the Fullerton police.

"As long as we stay tight-knit, as long as we don't let conflict arise from within, then everything will be easy breezy," he said. "The only thing that could truly destroy us is us."

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--Sarah Peters, Times Community News

Photo: David Pierce, left, and David Ruther take down a tent Wednesday at the Occupy Orange County encampment at the Irvine Civic Center. The occupiers are moving to Fullerton City Hall. Credit: Scott Smeltzer / Daily Pilot

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