January 30th, 2012
12:55 AM ET

Park service to crack down on Occupy DC camps

The National Park Service plans to crack down Monday on what it calls "sleeping activity" at two longstanding camps established by Occupy DC demonstrators in the nation's capital.

The service notified protesters on Friday that they "may be subject to arrest and their property subject to seizure as evidence" if there are evident "camping violations" by around noon Monday.

The notice for those in McPherson Square and nearby Freedom Plaza said that to comply with the federal agency's camping regulations, demonstrators must remove all camping material from the sites and leave one side of all temporary structures open at all times. Authorities describe the purpose of the order as necessary to ensure public health and safety.

The demonstrators say they will defend their sites.

"Participants of Occupy DC at McPherson Square, both sleeping members and non-sleeping members, will defend the public space we have used as our center for activism on this Monday, January 30th," the group's website said. "Occupy DC will peacefully resist this politically motivated attempt to suppress the free speech of the disenfranchised 99%."

On Sunday, a small group of protesters met for about three hours under the statue of Civil War hero Maj. Gen. James McPherson, which is in the middle of the park, to discuss how to respond.

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  1. hamsta

    Demonize the tea party but at least they mentioned specific problems and offered solutions to those problems rather than running around committing crime.deport ows and all their supporters to greece so they can have their socialism.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Deborah Evans

    Thesee couragous people are speaking for alot of people. We need to stand up and be counted or be slaves as we've been.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Deborah Evans

    Keep it cival and to the point, don't need violence.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      Agreed.

      January 30, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. fernace

    @ Deborah Evans thanks for your very true & to the point posts! Hamsta, why do you want to send all who disagree w/you to Greece!? Don't they have enough problems!? Also, did you know that American Citizens cannot be deported!? It's a fact, look it up!!

    January 30, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      @fernace:
      This idea is coming from a person who espouses killing all Muslims.
      It's not such a stretch that he would want to deport American citizens for believing in a cause he disagrees with.
      Extremism is extemism.

      January 30, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ernie

    U people are just as clowny as the lazy protesters....wish that is all I have to do for like 3 months was hang around a park and have other people support me

    January 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bert

      Ernie, have you seen my bottle cap collection?

      January 30, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. shazmeen

    It still does not account for myoterisus and sudden unfollow events between people you would never unfollow and vice versa.Many people have had issues with accounts unfollowing people with out their doing it perhaps this is connected in some way.All I know is it is frustrating either way. If someone chooses to unfollow refollow and such- I will probably end up blocking them.

    April 22, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |