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POSTED BY EIZ ON THURSDAY, 19 JANUARY, 2012, 7:14 AM
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    US Park Police have reminded Occupy DC protesters of a no-camping ban in two locations in the
    nation's capital. A judge is expected to hear arguments on the ban Tuesday. By Eric Tucker,
    Associated Press / January 31, 2012 A Occupy DC demonstrator ...


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OCCUPY DC
POSTED BY EIZ ON THURSDAY, 19 JANUARY, 2012, 7:14 AM




                                                               US Park Police have reminded Occupy DC
                                                               protesters of a no-camping ban in two
                                                               locations in the nation's capital. A judge is
                                                               expected to hear arguments on the ban
                                                               Tuesday.


                                                               U.S. Park Police on Monday began quietly
                                                               e n f o r c i n g a n o-c a m p i n g r u l e a t t w o
                                                               Washington sites where Occupy
                                                               protesters have been demonstrating for
                                                               months. But despite heightened tensions,
                                                               there were no arrests reported by the
                                                               afternoon and no forced evictions.


    Occupy Protests Protests and Demonstrations Cultural Institutions and Parks Parks and Historic
    Sites Some Occupy protesters had been bracing for a possible confrontation since Friday, when
    the National Park Service warned demonstrators that they must stop camping at the sites by noon
    Monday. Those who defy the order or violently resist could face arrest.


    The demonstrators, some with faces obscured by masks and bandannas, seemed prepared for
    police to try to evict them. A large white sign visible Monday at one of the entrances to McPherson
    Square, one of the two Occupy sites, read: "High Noon U.S.A. Park Police Showdown." Yet noon
    came and went without any forced eviction, and Sgt. David Schlosser, a Park Police spokesman,
    said officers were trying to take an "incremental and measured" approach by reminding
    demonstrators of the deadline and urging them to respect the camping ban.


    He said some of the few dozen remaining demonstrators had already followed the order, though
    he did not know how many. He declined to discuss a timeline for eviction, though he said the
    camping ban pertained not only to sleeping on the grounds but also to possessing bedding
    materials such as blanket and pillows.


    At nearby Freedom Plaza, many protesters had packed up their belongings and opened the flaps
    of their tents in an effort to comply with the no camping rules.


    Marja Hilfiker, 67, had her tent open and her belongings in a backpack. She said Freedom Plaza
    occupants were "trying to cooperate and resist at the same time."


    The mood was more spirited at McPherson Square, where demonstrators covered most of a

				
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