POLITICS

St. John's, N.L., mayor asks Occupy protesters to leave city park

05/14/2012 09:42 EDT | Updated 07/14/2012 05:12 EDT
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The City of St. John's, N.L., has asked some of the most persistent Occupy protesters in North America to vacate a downtown park on Tuesday.

Demonstrators set up tents in Harbourside Park last October as the Occupy movement against corporate greed swept the continent.

While other Occupy camps were dismantled by officials in Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax and other cities, St. John's allowed a few diehard protesters to stay through the winter.

Ken Canning, who lived in a tent at the park through winter snow and rainstorms, says he has no plans to leave.

He says the city's response to the movement's call for greater economic and social equality has been to do nothing.

St. John's Mayor Dennis O'Keefe says he had a positive meeting with occupiers last Thursday and is expecting them to leave the park peacefully so it can be used for summer events.