Occupy Edmonton to resist eviction

Occupy Edmonton will not leave a downtown park and will peacefully resist any efforts to be moved, organizers said Tuesday.
Members of Occupy Edmonton say they will resist peacefully any attempt to evict them from a downtown park. (Andrea Huncar/CBC News)

Occupy Edmonton will not leave a downtown park and will peacefully resist any efforts to be moved, organizers said Tuesday.

"We will peacefully resist this latest eviction attempt," said Mike Hudema.

List of demands

1. Government co-operates with Occupy's general assembly

2. Edmonton restores $10.5 million to city services

3. End "cosy relationship" between goverment and oil industry

4. Improve wages, pensions and unemployment benefits

5. Fully fund healthcare

6. Offer free post-secondary education

7. Tie trade agreements to stringent environment laws

8. More First Nation rights 

The protestors say they will leave the park at Jasper Avenue and 102nd Street peacefully only if what they describe as a "reasonable" list of demands are met They are prepared to stay at the site for years if need be. 

"We're building a community here," said Hudema. "We aren't harming anybody."

"We've done everything to answer Melcor's safety concerns," he said. "If they choose to evict us they're doing so because they're shutting down people's democratic rights to free speech."

The owner of the park, Melcor Developments Ltd., wants the protestors to stop camping at the site, citing safety concerns over the use of fires and wood burning stoves.

Police maintain they want the issue resolved without confrontation.

"Our first concern is the safety of all involved," said spokesperson Clair Seyler. "We will continue to consider all options available and address the issue in a diplomatic manner."