PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Protesters with Occupy Providence have defied a city deadline to leave a public park where they've camped for more than two weeks.
Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare (PAH'-ree) told activists with Occupy Providence on Thursday they had 72 hours to vacate Burnside Park. He said they were breaking city ordinances, including one that says the park closes at 9 p.m.
Protesters with the anti-Wall Street movement marched and rallied Sunday and vowed to stay. They said their movement and encampment are acts of free speech and assembly.
Mayor Angel Taveras said Saturday that permanent occupation of the park is "unsafe and unwise" and legal action to force protesters from the park would come soon.