‘Occupy Fairbanks’ Protestors Unable to Camp in Veteran’s Memorial Park

Fairbanks Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins has told members of the Occupy Fairbanks group they can’t camp out in Veteran’s Memorial Park.  Members of the local group have been staying at the downtown park for more than a week in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Mayor Hopkins says borough attorneys informed him the group is violating local code.

A few Occupy Fairbanks protestors have been camping overnight in the gazebo at the Veterans Park since October 17th, following a downtown march by a much larger group.  Fairbanks police initially ordered them out, but the protesters were granted reprieve while local officials conferred.  David Leslie, a UAF student with Occupy Fairbanks, says the group is not out to break the law.

Leslie says the group met last night and decided to maintain a vigil at the park, but no one will be sleeping there.

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Tim Ellis is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

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