POLITICS
11/10/2011 04:51 EST | Updated 01/10/2012 05:12 EST

Occupy protesters in Regina camping in Victoria Park told to leave by Saturday

REGINA - Occupy protesters sleeping in tents in Regina's Victoria Park have been told they must leave by Saturday morning.

Bylaw officers, along with police, came to their camp to serve them a notice of bylaw contravention and trespassing.

The bylaw says they must be gone by 8 a.m. on Saturday.

City manager Glen Davies says Occupy Regina has been told that tents and overnight occupation in Victoria Park will not be tolerated.

He says if they are not gone by Saturday, their first course of action won't be to physically remove them.

Davies says they will start with tickets and then assess.

"The plan has been to provide a reasonable period of time for the protesters to make their point publicly and use the park for that purpose," said Davies.

The bylaw states that any individual who contravenes it will be fined $2,000.

Protester Adam Thorntown says they've been ready for this.

“We’re hitting an interesting point. Part of the trick to ensuring the continued protection of the charter is to make sure arrests that do happen tomorrow are peaceful,” he said.

"We do have legal counsel. We are not afraid to get arrested."