Oakland again issues eviction notice to 'Occupy' protesters
Oakland city officials again issued an eviction notice to "Occupy" protesters Saturday, warning them to leave their camp on a plaza in front of City Hall or risk arrest and the confiscation of their belongings.
“You do not have permission to lodge overnight in Frank Ogawa Plaza,” the notice read. “You must remove all tents, sleeping bags, tarps, cooking facilities and equipment and any other lodging material ... Your continued use of the Plaza for overnight lodging will subject you to arrest.”
An earlier eviction notice was issued Friday night.
The notices cautioned protestors, whose month-long demonstration at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza has been marred by intermittent violence, that their activities not only obstructed comfortable enjoyment of the plaza, but were “injurious to health.”
The use of barbecues and stoves at the plaza also violated public park regulations, the officials said. They urged demonstrators to allow police officers and other emergency personnel to access all areas of the plaza.
The notices did not set a deadline for the protesters to leave, and it was unclear whether police might use force to clear the camp.
Violence erupted on Oct. 25 when police moved in to clear protesters.
Activists established the encampment several weeks ago to protest what demonstrators say is income inequality and corporate greed.
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Photo: Veterans march toward Oakland Police Headquarters on Friday in Oakland. Credit: Jane Tyska / Associated Press