Philadelphia mayor gives Occupy Philly 48 hours

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - November 25, 2011

Occupy Philadelphia is now on the clock.

Police distributed eviction notices late Friday afternoon to everyone at the occupy encampment outside City Hall.

Some of the demonstrators began chanting "Shame" when they learned that their deadline to move out was 5:00pm Sunday.

They met to prepare for Sunday; some plan to leave and regroup, others vowed to stay.

"They cannot take away permission for you to be here, because this is your home," said one protester.

The Occupy Philly protesters gathered Friday night to talk about the showdown they expect between the city and police in less than 48 hours.

Mayor Michael Nutter has ordered Occupiers out by Sunday at 5:00pm to start a $50 million renovation of Dilworth Plaza.

"You must remove all of your possessions and yourself from that location within the next 48 hours," said Mayor Nutter.

A group called Reasonable Solutions claims to represent the majority of the Occupiers.

It agreed to the permit that would move everyone to the Thomas Paine Plaza at the MSB Building.

But with that move across the street to Paine Plaza in front of the Municipal Services Building, come a number of restrictions: no tents or structures, no overnight sleeping or activity, and demonstrations can only be held between the hours of 9:00am and 7:00pm starting Monday.

The city rejected two permit applications from Occupy before offering the highly restrictive permit.

The mayor has cited what he called "serious health and safety issues" at the current Occupy Philadelphia encampment, saying conditions there are "intolerable," and officials said they do not want to see a repeat of the 24-hour occupation at the new site.

"We cannot allow the current conditions of Dilworth Plaza, including the massing of tents and 24 hour a day camping to continue," said Mayor Nutter.

"A winter occupation in a northeast city is a situation that may not be the most reasonable thing to try to endeavor to do," said Randy Quinn.

Earlier in the evening, civil affairs officers were met with protests as they gave out eviction notices.

Occupiers want to continue helping the less fortunate, including the homeless who have found shelter with them.

"There will continue to be people that will stay here, resist eviction, and have some type of confrontation with police," said Vanessa Maria.

"If they get rid of us, we will only come back stronger," said Jesse Greenberg. "The more you do to us, the more of us will appear."

"I'm not going to try to predict what's going to happen on Sunday at 5:00pm, because we don't know what's going to happen over the course of the next few days. I'm hopeful for cooperation," said Mayor Nutter.

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