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Occupy Providence expected to clear out of park

January 28, 2012
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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Members of the Occupy Providence protest movement are expected to break down their tents at a downtown public park where they have been encamped for more than three-and-a-half months.

Protesters agreed to leave the park if the city opened a day center to serve the homeless population in Providence during the winter months. The center opened at Emmanuel House on Friday.

Protesters said Commissioner Steven Pare (PAH'-ree) told them they had until midnight Saturday to leave. But an attorney for the protesters said she sees no "hard and fast" deadline and that they would leave by the end of the weekend.

Pare told The Associated Press he expects Occupy to keep its pledge to leave the park cleaner than when it set up camp.

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