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Occupy CLT Campers To Be Evicted This Afternoon

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One Occupiers tent with "not for sleeping" sign attached.

One tent with "not for sleeping" sign attached. Photo: Julie Rose Updated at 12:56 pm: An attorney for the Occupy Charlotte protesters is seeking a temporary injunction to prevent CMPD from removing the protesters' tents from Old City Hall. Charlotte Mecklenburg Police have given Occupy Charlotte protesters until 2:30 p.m. to remove their tents from the grounds of Old City Hall. A new city ordinance takes effect today prohibiting camping and use of temporary shelters on city property. Over the last 24 hours, CMPD has given the protesters several warnings to pack up, culminating in a mid-morning visit from Captain Jeff Estes. CMPD Captain Jeff Estes addresses Occupy Charlotte protesters. Photo: Julie Rose "The point of it is, is that all temporary shelters other than the one that's for information purposes has been deemed in violation, therefore they must be removed by 2:30 p.m.," Estes told protesters at around 10:40 a.m. About 25 empty tents remain at the Uptown protest site, including Jason Dow's. Occupy CLT protester Jason Dow. Photo: Julie Rose "I intend on using it for something symbolic, it's just like having a sign," says Dow, who has been Occupying the grounds of old city hall with a tent and sleeping bag since early October when the local movement began. The Occupiers believe their empty tents are allowed under the ordinance, because it only prohibits the use of city property for "sleeping," "storing personal belongings" or erecting "tents for living accommodation purposes." CMPD Captain Estes says protesters are welcome to stay on the property 24-7 and may have a single temporary awning as an information tent, but the rest of the structures are a public nuisance and must go. People who try to prevent the police from removing their tents this afternoon will be arrested. Captain Estes believes the 2:30 p.m. action will be peaceful. Most of the 20 or so Occupy protesters still at Old City Hall say they'll let the police take their tents and hope to fight the eviction in court. WFAE will have more on these events today during All Things Considered from 4 - 6:30 pm. Occupy CLT protester Toby Stewart with his sign signalling he's not "sleeping" he's meditating. One of the creative ways protesters hope to side-step the "no camping" ordinance. Photo: Julie Rose