Occupy Regina protesters defy eviction order
Protesters at the Occupy Regina camp in Victoria Park say they will stay in the park until forcibly removed by police and city officials.
The group was served an eviction notice by the city on Thursday, telling them to be out by Saturday morning.
The order from the city manager says the group is violating a number of bylaws, including trespassing between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. and establishing a shelter in the park without a permit.
The city also removed the protesters' portable toilet and turned off electricity in the park.
The protesters, who have been in Victoria Park since Oct. 15, told CBC News Saturday afternoon they plan to stay as long as possible.
Crystal Giesbrecht said some people who don't want to be arrested are leaving the camp in the evening, when they feel police will most likely evict them. The others plan to be kicked out.
"If the police come in and arrest people, I will be one of the people that goes to jail," she said. "I will be peacefully arrested."
Giesbrecht said the protesters have also been paring down the equipment in the camp. She said they have only essential materials left, so that if police remove their tents, they can use the remaining equipment to create another camp. About 15 tents remain of 24 that were in the park earlier in the week.
The city has said it would not rule out the option of forcibly removing the campers, but plans to write tickets initially.