Oakland tells protesters to pack up immediately
Friday, October 21, 2011
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland city officials are telling hundreds of protesters camping outside City Hall in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement to pack up their tents, sleeping bags and cookware in preparation to vacate the area.
Karen Boyd, a city spokeswoman, said Friday that the city has given official notice to the protesters, stating that they do not have permission to camp overnight on the city plaza and that their encampment is breaking the law.
Many protesters said they have no intentions of leaving even though the city announced Thursday that after nearly two weeks it can no longer uphold public health and safety at the site.
Boyd said she expects the protesters to comply and would not comment on what steps the city would take toward enforcing of the law.