City issues order: Occupy protesters must remove tents, stop camping
on November 12, 2011
On Saturday evening around 7 pm, the Oakland City Administrator’s Office issued a Cease and Desist order directed at the Occupy Oakland protesters. The text is reprinted in its entirety here, including bold type and all-caps type as used in the original:
ATTENTION TO PERSONS LODGING IN ALL PARKS CITYWIDE
Date: November 12, 2011 (REVISED)
NOTICE OF VIOLATIONS AND DEMAND TO CEASE VIOLATIONS
THIS NOTICE SUPERSEDES ALL PREVIOUS NOTICES
The City of Oakland and its Police Department support and protect the right of all individuals to engage in free speech and their right to assemble. However, this encampment is a violation of the law.
You do not have permission to lodge on or in ANY City property or parks, including and not limited to, Frank Ogawa Plaza, Lafayette Square Park, Jefferson Square, and Snow Park. You must remove all tents, sleeping bags, tarps, cooking facilities and equipment and any other lodging material from City parks and property immediately. Your continued use of City property or parks for overnight lodging will subject you to arrest.
Your activities are injurious to health, obstruct the free use of property, interfering with comfortable enjoyment, and unlawfully obstruct the free passage or use of a public park or square. (California Penal Code sections 370 and 647(e) and Civil Code section 3479.) You must allow all persons, including Oakland Police officers and other emergency personnel, access to all areas at all times. Additionally, no person, other than a city employee in the performance of his or her duty, shall enter or remain in any park during the time when it is not open for public use. (Oakland Municipal Code 12.64.110)
You are making fires in a public park in violation of OMC 12.64.160. You must remove all barbecues and stoves.
YOUR CONTINUED VIOLATION OF THESE LAWS WILL SUBJECT YOU TO ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES, CIVIL PENALTIES, CITATION, AND IMMEDIATE ARREST.
YOUR CONTINUED VIOLATION OF THE LAW WILL SUBJECT YOUR TENTS, STOVES, SLEEPING BAGS, TARPS, AND ANY OTHER BELONGINGS LEFT IN THE PLAZA OR PARK TO IMMEDIATE REMOVAL BY THE CITY OF OAKLAND.
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