Occupy DC Sites Quiet After Police Enforcement

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC-AP) — McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza are noticeably quieter after a weekend in which U.S. Park Police began strictly enforcing no camping regulations for Occupy demonstrators

About 30 tents remained in the city’s McPherson Square on Monday, and slightly more were at Freedom Plaza, where demonstrators have been for months. But as a result of U.S. Park Police action over the weekend, the remaining tents in both encampments had been cleaned of blankets and bedding. Demonstrators were sleeping in churches or private homes.

On Monday morning there were two people manning an information tent in McPherson Square and about half a dozen people walking around the Freedom Plaza encampment. Demonstrators said the police action hadn’t deterred them. They said a nightly gathering of demonstrators was much larger over the weekend.

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