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RI city continues to prep complaint against Occupy

November 1, 2011

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Providence officials are continuing to prepare their legal complaint against Occupy Providence protesters who have refused to dismantle their tent city and leave a city park.

No legal action in Superior Court was expected Tuesday, and Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare (PAH'-ree) described the situation as the "status quo."

The protesters ignored a Sunday deadline to vacate Burnside Park and have vowed to stay indefinitely. Mayor Angel Taveras (tuh-VEHR'-us) said over the weekend that legal action would come soon.

Members of Occupy Providence's legal group met with attorney Miriam Weizenbaum (WHY'-zen-baum) on Monday afternoon. She told The Associated Press that the protesters are engaged in protected free speech in a public forum, which shouldn't be limited by a city ordinance under which the park closes at 9 p.m.