Tea party rallies (I suppose you could call them protests of sorts) can involve several thousand to tens of thousands of people. They gather, they state their message, hear some speeches, maybe some music, and leave. After picking up after themselves. In many cases, it looked like they decided to mow and edge the grass while they were at it.
It’s fairly typical of many downtown parks. A nice place to relax at lunchtime or meet someone after work.
Unless a few hundred flea-infested protesters show up and decide to move in for several weeks.
They turn what was once a sanctuary of calm into a pit of filth that even overflows the bounds of the park.
It not only impacts those who might want to use the park for its intended purpose, but its neighbors and passers-by.
I have no idea what the added value of “camping” in a park like this is supposed to deliver, but the simple thought of it drove my opinion of these losers immediately to far, far below what it started out as. If they had simply protested and gone home, I would have at least a little bit of respect for them. To see them wallowing in filth for weeks on end for no apparent reason has moved me well past pity and well into simple disgust.