PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Providence's public safety commissioner said Friday police won't forcibly break up the Occupy Providence camp at a park downtown even after their three-day notice to vacate runs out this weekend.
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.
Pare on Thursday hand-delivered letters to the protesters at the park who have been camping there without a permit since Oct. 15. The letter says they are violating ordinances by staying overnight since the park closes at 9 p.m. He gave them 72 hours to leave.
While some protesters have said they will vacate the park if evicted, the group overall, by way of its General Assembly, has voted to stay.
Activists have called for sympathizers from other Occupy movements in the Northeast -- including Boston, Worcester, New Hampshire, New Haven and New York City -- to support them on Sunday in a "Day of Solidarity" as the commissioner's deadline comes and goes.
Occupy Providence is holding a three-day "Occustock" festival at India Point Park beginning Friday. It draws its name from Woodstock.
Information from: WPRO-AM, http://www.630wpro.com/