Park Service says occupy camping must end in DC

January 30, 2012 - 5:35 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Park Police reminded demonstrators at two Washington sites where Occupy protesters have been demonstrating for months of a no-camping rule. There were no arrests.

Park Police spokesman Sgt. David Schlosser says officers began enforcing the camping ban Monday by reminding demonstrators of the regulation. He said some demonstrators had already complied, although he didn't know how many.

He declined to discuss a timeline for eviction, though he said the camping ban pertained not only to sleeping on the grounds but also to possessing bedding materials like blankets. Protesters on Monday hung a blue tarp over a statue in McPherson Square.

The National Park Service warned protesters Friday at McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza that those who violate the camping rule will be subject to arrest.