Occupy Miami protesters evicted from park
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Occupy Miami protesters have been evicted from outside of the Government Center in Downtown Miami.
Protesters have until sunset Tuesday to vacate the downtown park. The group was given a notice from the County, that stated, due to unsanitary conditions, their week-to-week permit would no longer be renewed.
Some of the regular protesters at the camp are not surprised the county has come to the decision. "The movement has to evolve into something more sophisticated," said Raul Sorondo. "This part wasn't going to last forever either."
The Occupy movement has lasted nearly four months. Other Occupy demonstrations across the country have resulted in violence and arrests, something the Miami movement has not seen. "I'm not going to get arrested for nobody," said Yesenia Hernandez. "Still, 99 percent, regardless, but it's not worth them coming in, beating or anything, God forbid."
Despite warnings that those who ignore the order could be arrested, some protesters have said they may stay. One man said they had burned the eviction notice last night and stated they will not be going anywhere on their own. "We decided last night that we're going to stay, and we're going to hold the grounds," said Chris Mazorra.
But most of the group appears to be packing up, loading suitcases and breaking down tents. "People don't want to get arrested," Alberto Ramos said. "I don't want to get arrested, so I packed up, and I'm ready to go."
"You can't stay here forever," said Tyron Chi. "You just want to make things change for the better. That's how I feel."
A group is rallying together to help the protesters who are from out of town get back to their families.
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