Sunday, November 27, 2011

Deadline Passes for Occupy Philly to Dismantle | NBC Philadelphia

Dozen of protesters refuse to leave Dilworth Plaza after the city's deadline to dismantle passes.

NBCPhiladelphia.com - Cydney Long

Dozen of protesters refuse to leave Dilworth Plaza after the city's deadline to dismantle passes.

Occupy Philly Protesters Defiant

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Some members of the Occupy movement in Philly refused to dismantle their encampment downtown Sunday.

Mayor Michael Nutter set a deadline of 5 p.m. for demonstrators to remove their belongings from their City Hall encampment to Thomas Paine Plaza across the street on the condition they don't stay overnight. The permit allows demonstrators to protest from 9 am to 7 pm but no sleeping bags or tents are allowed. Some have agreed to, but not all. The city has not said what will happen if they do not.

Diane Ackerman, a member of the group's legal collective, says the movement itself will remain strong regardless of what happens. Occupy Philadelphia has been largely peaceful since it began. Despite a few dozen arrests, there have been no violent confrontations with police like elsewhere.

"There are some shelters that some of us are going to go to, some of us are going to end up on the street, some of us are going to be able to find a family member to take us in and others might go to jail," a protester said.

Philadelphia's eviction notice is unique in that protesters are being asked to move to make way for a construction project.

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