Occupy DC protesters must stop camping by Monday
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Park Police are warning protesters at two "occupy" encampments that they must stop camping at two Washington parks on Monday or risk arrest.
The National Park Service is distributing fliers to protesters Friday at McPherson Square on K Street and at Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The notice says protesters must comply with regulations that prohibit camping at those sites by noon on Monday.
The move comes after a House oversight subcommittee hearing Tuesday where Republican lawmakers questioned why camping has been allowed since October.
The park service said 24-hour vigils are allowed. The park service defines camping as using park land for "living accommodation purposes such as sleeping." It says camping materials must be removed and temporary structures must be left open to allow for inspection.
Protester John Penley, who joined the Freedom Plaza occupation after protesting last fall in New York's Zuccotti Park as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement, said protesters will defend both Washington encampments at the federally controlled parks on Monday.
"We're not going away," he said, "and we've got people coming from other areas to support us."