Police take down tents at Pa. 'Occupy' protest

December 8, 2011 5:43:43 AM PST
Police have evicted protesters who set up tents near a Pennsylvania city hall to demonstrate against corporate greed.

Officials started dismantling the Occupy Bethlehem tents early Thursday morning, nearly a week after city officials told protesters it's illegal to camp in a garden next to the library.

Police Commissioner Jason Schiffer says three people were present when police began tearing down the tents. Schiffer says they gathered personal belongings and left the area.

Authorities say the tents and other personal belongings will be put in storage and released to the owners.

The demonstrators had been camping in Bethlehem since late October.