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Occupiers set up camp at City Hall

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Members of Occupy Wilmington have pitched their tents downtown, right between City Hall and the Historic Courthouse.

Dozens of local occupiers marched from the Federal Courthouse on Water Street to their encampment next to City Hall Saturday afternoon.

Problem is, Wilmington Police say it’s against the rules because people are not allowed to sleep or set up tents in parks. The occupiers did have a permit to protest Saturday but not to camp.

“Encampment is a freedom of expression,” Occupy Wilmington Member Angela Johnson said. “I think anything the group can do to get movement and to get involved in the community is something I’m in support of. I see other things like community actions we’re taking like volunteer work to be just as important as encampment. I think for us, this is a way of getting in front of the community and connecting and letting everybody know they are part of the 99 percent. They are not alone in this.”

“It depends on how long it takes. You’ve got to wake up citizens,” Occupy Wilmington member Joe Santos said when asked how long the group planned to camp out. “You’ve got to wake up the politicians, both locally, on state level, and on the national level. So, as long as it takes.”

The occupiers said they are a calm group that will peacefully stay or go if asked to by police.

However, they believe the space they’ve occupied in front of City Hall is not a park but a lawn.

Stick with WWAY as we continue to follow this developing story. Tune in to WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 11 Sunday night to hear more about whether the occupiers were allowed to stay or asked to leave.

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