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Occupy CLT Campers Evicted Monday

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Occupy CLT protesters wave signs seeking support to traffic on E. Trade St.

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Occupy CLT protesters wave signs seeking support from drivers on E. Trade St. The tents are down at Occupy Charlotte, but the protests will continue. Monday afternoon at 2:35, CMPD Captain Jeff Estes gave the final warning. "This is your last warning to remove any property - any temporary shelter that's on the city hall lawn here that's in violation of the city ordinance as we explained to you this morning. We ask that you remove property immediately. The officers who will be here shortly, we ask that you not interfere with anything they do. If so, you will be subject to arrest," Estes told campers. Then at least 50 officers marched across the street from CMPD headquarters to Old City Hall and evicted the protesters. "Evicted, we'll multiply, Occupy will never die," the protesters chanted as police removed the 20 or so tents that remained. There were six arrests of protesters who refused to leave their tents. There was plenty of anger, but the scene did not get violent. CMPD was enforcing an ordinance recently passed by Charlotte City Council that makes it illegal to camp on city property. Protester Michael Zytkow says police are going too far with their enforcement of the law. He says protesters will remain; they just won't be sleeping at Old City Hall anymore. "We're always under the assumption that as free American citizens - as Charlotte citizens - we should be allowed to occupy these grounds 24-7. They made it abundantly clear that regardless of sleeping that we're allowed to express ourselves on this territory," he said. CMPD is allowing the protesters to keep an information tent on the site.