Occupy D.C. remains in parks despite eviction threat

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 11:55 EDT
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Washington artist David Varrow at Occupy DC via AFP
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Protesters with “Occupy D.C.” are still in two of the city’s parks, despite an eviction deadline that came and went on Monday afternoon.

The National Park Service said last week that it would begin enforcing a camping ban in McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza starting Monday. In response, activists staged a rally in both parks and invited area media, creating enough of a deterrent to ward off any arrests.

Park police reminded the protesters of the ban on Tuesday, even after a day of no enforcement.

U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg was expected to hear their appeal against the ban on Tuesday, but it was not clear whether protesters would have any legal standing.

Even if the eviction hasn’t been enforced yet, it’s already working. A park police spokesman told The Christian Science Monitor that several dozen people left the camp right away after the first threat was issued.

Despite the threat of arrest, the protesters still plan to hold their general assembly at 6 p.m. tonight, as they have every day since the demonstration began in October.

This video is from Reuters, published Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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