Providence police told Occupy Providence protestors today that the encampment has 72 hours to leave the site.
This afternoon, Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Pare gave out eviction notices to Burnside Occupiers. The notices state that the park closes at 9 p.m., a rule that will soon be enforced by the city, according to the ProJo. The group originally refused to file for a city permit, claiming it did not want to set an expiration date for the Occupation.
So, what’s about to go down in 72 hours? Stay posted, y’all.
To the left, members of the Occupy Providence movement march onto the Main Green to greet College Hill Occupiers, right, who camped out on the Green overnight.
Tonight, three Herald editors will sleep in a tent in Burnside Park, reporting on Occupy Providence. We’ll be talking with Occupiers, visitors, Brown students and maybe the weather gods, if Providence decides to do what it does best.
Check us out, starting at 9 p.m.
[nggallery id=69]Yesterday at 5 pm, in solidarity with Occupy movements all over the world, thousands of protestors met at Burnside Park next to Kennedy Plaza and proceeded to march around the city of Providence. Among them were a few dozen students from Brown University. With the help of the Providence police department, traffic was blocked off on certain roads so protestors could pass through. The march passed by Providence Place Mall, the State capital building, then ended up back at Burnside Park. People of all different ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds came together to show our country’s and our world’s leaders that people are fed up with the current political and financial system. The official occupation of Burnside Park began last night and will continue indefinitely.
(We apologize in advance for the blurriness of some of the photos, shit got a little nuts at times). Continue Reading
At 4:30 yesterday afternoon, members of Occupy Providence met at Burnside Park to march up the hill to Brown’s Main Green. Protesters carried signs, played make-shift instruments, and chanted things like “we are the 99%, you are the 99%” and “banks got bailed out, we got sold out.” Passing drivers honked their horns and cheered out their windows in support. With Brown Police standing by, Occupy Providence paraded under Faunce Arch and filed into a packed Salomon DeCiccio Auditorium to attend the Teach-In for Occupy College Hill. Occupy Providence has since released its first mission statement to the public.[nggallery id=68]
Brown students came out to the Main Green for College Student Walk Out Day, an event inspired by Occupy Wall Street
If you passed by the Main Green yesterday around noon you probably noticed a large circle of people gathered on the grass. Over 75 students, faculty and local residents all came out in solidarity with College Student Walk Out Day, in which students across the country skipped class to gather in public places at 12 pm. The stated purpose of the gathering was to discuss future plans for a growing offshoot of Occupy Wall Street called Occupy Providence. The conversation started out with discussion on the Occupy Wall Street protests and later shifted to a debate on whether or not the Brown community should join forces with Occupy Providence. There was also the option of creating separate Occupy Brown or Occupy College Hill organizations. Another gathering was held at 2 pm on campus.