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Providence helps protesters clean up city park

December 29, 2011
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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Providence officials are helping protesters clean up a city park used as an encampment for more than 10 weeks.

The Providence Journal reports ( http://bit.ly/uGz8Jy) that Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare (PAH'-re) visited the Occupy Providence site in Burnside Park on Wednesday. He said the remnants of wind gusts that toppled tents had to be cleaned up.

Occupy Providence protesters were clearing the site when Pare arrived and they told him they were trying to get a trash container.

He said he'd get them a couple of city trucks, which promptly arrived.

The Occupy Providence encampment has been up since Oct. 15. Protesters offered last week to withdraw from the park if the city opens a day shelter for the homeless. The city says it's reviewing the proposal.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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