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article imageOccupy Nova Scotia told to leave park

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By Owen Weldon     Nov 12, 2011 in World
Halifax - Protesters in Nova Scotia are making new plans after a few of them were arrested on Friday. The arrests occurred at the site of Occupy Nova Scotia.
Occupy Nova Scotia protesters are thinking about what their next move is, after seven protesters were arrested on Friday.
Police say that 12 people who were arrested during the eviction were being processed. According to CBC, the 12 people should be released by 12AM.
CTV says that the protesters occupied a downtown park last week, after the city asked them to go to cenotaph, which is nearby their encampment and where Remembrance Day celebrations were going to take place.
After the ceremony ended, arrests started to take place because a standoff between police and protesters took place. Protesters refused to leave the protest site.
Miles Howe is a protester and he said that he lives in Nova Scotia. He says that he is also a taxpayer of Nova Scotia and that he was arrested for being a part of Occupy Nova Scotia.
Winnipeg Free Press reported that Frank Beazley, the chief of Halifax Regional Police, said that the protesters arrested will probably be charged with obstructing police officers who were enforcing a bylaw.
The bylaw police were trying to enforce states that people cannot camp in a municipal park. The only way people can camp out in a municipal park is if they receive permission, in writing, from the city.
Beazley said that the protesters were given the notice on Friday morning and that police met with the protesters and tried to make arrangements for the protesters to leave. Beazley went onto say that after several hours passed by, not one single person moved.
Beazley said that the police intentions were to remove the tents but they were met with resistance. That is when the arrests were made, according to Beazley. He said that the police were taunted by some of the protesters too.
Beazley said that if protesters tried to set up camp in any municipal park in the future, then the police will prevent them from doing so.
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