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City to ask Occupy Providence to leave

October 26, 2011

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—City officials are preparing a letter notifying members of Occupy Providence that they are violating multiple ordinances and requesting they vacate Burnside Park.

Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare (PAH'ree) said Wednesday the city plans to deliver the notice later this week. He says the notification is the city's response to a letter delivered to City Hall on Monday that outlined protesters' intentions to stay indefinitely.

Protesters started camping Oct. 15. They do not have a permit.

Pare says the notice will give protesters several days to respond to the city's demands. He says the city will consider other options, including legal action, if the protesters don't leave.

Pare says ordinances bar people from being in parks past 9 p.m. He says the encampment also poses public safety and health issues.