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City letter warns Occupy protesters to vacate

October 27, 2011

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—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.