UPDATED Friday 10/28 at 12:30pm: It now appears that the city will not use force to remove us from the park on Sunday.
From an occupier:
The Commissioner is here telling us that the police force will not use violence to remove us or our belongings after the 72 hour mark, that he will bring it to the court.
From the Associated Press:
Commissioner Steven Pare told WPRO-AM the city won’t “physically remove” the several hundred campers from Burnside Park and instead will seek to force them out “peacefully and civilly” through the court system. He said that could take several weeks.
Original post below:
WE MAY NEED YOUR SUPPORT! The letter below implies that the police will attempt to evict Occupy Providence from Burnside Park on SUNDAY NIGHT, 10/30. WE ARE STILL CONFIRMING DETAILS.
UPDATE AT 3:30pm: Here are scanned images of the eviction notice! Click to view full-size.
From an occupier at 3:00pm on Thursday, 10/27:
The Commissioner is here and has posted and handed out a notice stating (in part) “You are hereby notified that Burnside Park located in Kennedy Plaza, Providence, Rhode Island and every city park in the City of Providence is open 7 days a week, 7:00 am Eastern Standard Time to 9:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Remaining in the park thereafter is illegal and the City of Providence will seek to enforce this ordinance and others that are listed below.”
It goes to name sections/rules and states that we have 72 hours to comply. There are individuals named on the letter, as well as John and Jane Doe. I have a copy, and they’re being posted on the fences as well by the Commissioner. Karen Ziner from Projo is here taking photographs.
From the Associated Press (check this link for updates to the article)
City letter warns Occupy protesters to vacate
RI State Wire
Published: 33 minutes ago
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The public safety chief in Providence has delivered letters to local Occupy Wall Street protesters notifying them they are violating multiple ordinances by camping overnight at a downtown park and asking them to leave within 72 hours.
Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare dropped the letters off at protesters’ tents in Burnside Park Thursday. Mayor Angel Taveras has said the city is planning to take legal action to force the protesters out.
The activists started camping Oct. 15 without a permit. They vowed as a group to stay, though some have said they will leave if evicted.
The letter says Burnside Park is open only from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. It also lists another 10 regulations the city is seeking to enforce at the park. The ordinances cover littering, keeping off the grass, storage of explosive or inflammable materials, permitting and other rules.
Pare addressed the letter to 12 people and John Does and Jane Does.