The Occupy Duluth group that’s camping out in the plaza outside City Hall was told to fold its tents by the end of the day Sunday.
The Duluth News Tribune said that didn’t go over with the occupiers:
“The Duluth Police Department has been dishonest,” members chanted.
Jennifer Cummings, one of the stalwarts at camp who has run the food operation the past month, has been calm in the past when commenting about protest issues. Outside the precinct, she shook with emotion.
“We live in a city where one in six people live in poverty,” she shouted. “Let’s talk about real issues and not about some stupid tents. Let’s start dealing with this.”
A letter to protesters said that arrests will be made if the camp isn’t dismantled by the end of the day Sunday, the paper said:
“A park special use permit would be required and camping would not be allowed,” the letter said.
The letter said the city is taking the action to ensure the safety of the Occupy residents, to provide for the fair, impartial enforcement of law and to restore Civic Center property “to a state that is open and accessible to the entire community.”
The paper noted that Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said in a news conference talks with Occupy members have gone nowhere and the camp has “become a major distraction at City Hall” that was also taxing the police force. “It can’t continue,” he said.
He said the group could seek a permit that would allow for a warming tent in the plaza, but wasn’t sure they’d choose to do so.