"I never heard him say anything violent," said Eric Eisen of Fort Collins, an Occupy activist. "He was all about converting money."H/T Eric.
In an online video featured on http://tri1025.com, Gilmore said he was frustrated by the income disparity between executives and workers, and told people they should turn in their paper money for gold and other metals.
Eisen said Occupy supporters include people from across the political spectrum unified by a nonviolent message. The movement began on Wall Street in New York City, peacefully protesting the power of the financial and political sectors.
Crisafi said it's not unusual for activists to have views that don't parallel each other.
"There's tons of drama," she said, adding activists present at the site since Oct. 10 have worked to keep it positive. "Anyone we got negative vibes off of was asked to leave."
She said Benjamin Gilmore, who was part of the movement "since Day One," is a Ron Paul supporter. There has been friction between Paul supporters and other Occupy activists, whose views are "a little bit more extreme," she said.
Eventually, the Paul supporters moved their demonstration to Mulberry Street and College Avenue. But Crisafi said Benjamin Gilmore stayed at Maple and College.
The Occupy Fort Collins activists say they have had an amicable relationship with law enforcement, and there have been no reports of violence.
She said Benjamin Gilmore played music from his car radio to help get people motivated.
"He totally helped bring people together," Crisafi said.
Activists said they kept Benjamin Gilmore's flag flying at the site because taking it down could send a message they think he's guilty.
"If he is guilty, I will be very upset and I will stop liking Ben," Eisen said. "It's too early to call."
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