Occupy Providence to leave if city opens homeless shelter

PROVIDENCE, RI – Occupy Providence protesters have voted by the narrowest of margins to vacate Burnside Park the day the city of Providence opens a temporary day shelter for homeless people.

The vote, following a three-and-a-half hour meeting, was 36 to 11. Seventy-five percent needed to approve it. Had just one person changed his vote it would have failed.

The protesters have occupied Burnside Park since October 15th. They ignored an October 30th eviction notice from the city. The city and the protesters have been negotiating with a mediator but the city was losing patience.

Providence Public Safety commissioner Steven Pare said he needs to hear an end date or the city will pursue action to remove them in civil court.

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