This afternoon, Lexington Police cleaned up the Occupy Lexington site and removed tents and signs while protesters were away. The police say it was a move for safety but protesters say it was an unfair raid.
Tonight, protesters gathered to figure out their next move. "We are not backing away from this," explains Austin Parker, an organizer for the Occupy movement. "This is only motivating us to move forward and regroup."
Lexington Police say when they came for their routine check on the protesters they realized the Occupy Lexington site was unoccupied.
"Today, when we showed up there was nobody here, so I called in a couple of trucks to start cleaning up the mess assuming they'd left."
When protesters realized what had happened they said it motivated them to regroup and reorganize. "We need to transition, this needs to turn into a force where we effect the government and we affect the elected officials."
"We are going to come together" explains Parker, "we're going to find new solutions and innovative ways to make our voice heard."
Protesters say they will be taking shifts to make sure they have a presence at the occupy site 24 hours a day.