Occupy D.C. Files Lawsuit to Block Possible Eviction
While the National Park Service has said that it has no plans to evict the McPherson Square or Freedom Plaza protesters, a lawyer for one McPherson group has filed a lawsuit that would prevent the Department of the Interior from evicting the occupiers without a trial. The Examiner reports:
The Park Service has already posted warnings in both Occupy camps at McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza that mention trash concerns and problems with rats, he said. And on Thursday, the D.C. Department of Health, under orders from Mayor Vincent Gray, will inspect Occupy DC's kitchens after residents and business complained about rodents in the area.
There's no telling whether that inspection, or the Park Service's earlier memos, spell impending eviction for the Occupy movement. But [lawyer Jeff] Light doesn't want to take that chance.
"What you've seen around the country with so many Occupies being evicted causes a lot of concern that that would likely happen here," he said.
Park Service representatives have previously stated that they have no plans to evict protesters. But on Wednesday, Park Service spokesman Bill Line said the Park Service would let a Washington Examiner reporter know when it was "ready to make a move and communicate with demonstrators."
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