Following the arrest of five men by the FBI this week for their involvement in a domestic terror plot to blow up the Route 82 bridge in Brecksville, Occupy Cleveland cancelled a scheduled May Day rally today after learning some of the men were involved with the organization.
Occupy Cleveland issued a news release, in which they said that the five men who were arrested were "in no way representing or acting on behalf of Occupy Cleveland" and noted that the Occupy movement is rooted in non-violent principles.
Members of the Occupy Cleveland movement had been scheduled to rally at the GE Lighting building in Cleveland in protest of corporate greed and outsourcing jobs. This rally was tied into May Day, a day that is normally associated with protests for workers' rights.
Douglas Wright, Brandon Baxter, Anthony Hayne, Connor Stevens and Joshua Stafford were arrested by the FBI for the bomb plot. The FBI says that the suspects expressed interest in causing financial damage through various attacks. A member of Occupy Cleveland said that he saw all five suspects at a meeting for the organization that was held on Sunday.
On Tuesday afternoon, Occupy Cleveland tweeted:
"Occupy Cleveland is shocked by these allegations. We continue to be committed to creating social change through non-violence."