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Occupy DC Protesters Remain Despite Deadline

Christine Detz |
January 30, 2012 | 10:23 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

Protesters remain at Occupy DC camps (Photo by Kevin Lemarque/Reuters)
Protesters remain at Occupy DC camps (Photo by Kevin Lemarque/Reuters)
The Occupy DC encampment is still standing as of Monday night, despite a noon deadline by the National Park Service for protesters to leave McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza in the nation’s capital.

The deadline was met with defiance by some as campers erected a tarp over a statue in the square, but no arrests were reported.  The camps were established in October in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York.  Officials decided to wait out the protesters and many have left over the course of three months.

Officials announced the noon evacuation deadline on Friday and many complied with the deadline, clearing out over the weekend under the threat of arrest.  But the official Occupy DC Twitter feed suggested new protesters joined the ranks on Monday.

The move to end the overnight camps came at the request of Congress, according to the Washington Post


Under pressure from congressional Republicans concerned about health and safety conditions, the Park Service announced last week that it would begin enforcement of the no-camping rules. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House committee that oversees the District, has called the enforcement “appropriate and overdue."

Some protesters are expected at U.S. District Court on Tuesday morning, requesting a temporary restraining order to keep the camps open.

Follow news from the Occupy DC camp here.








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