OccupyMaine must leave park by Monday; some protesters prepare for arrest

John Schreiber holds a sign supporting OccupyMaine on Thursday afternoon in Monument Square. Thursday marked the movement's second month in Portland.
John Schreiber holds a sign supporting OccupyMaine on Thursday afternoon in Monument Square. Thursday marked the movement's second month in Portland.
Posted Feb. 03, 2012, at 9:55 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The city of Portland has given OccupyMaine protesters until Monday morning to clear out of a city park.

The city served members of the OccupyMaine movement with an eviction notice Thursday, ordering them to remove all tents, structures and personal belongings from Lincoln Park by 8 a.m. Monday.

The eviction notice was hand-delivered.

A judge Wednesday upheld the city’s decision to deny Occupy Maine’s petition to continue its around-the-clock occupation of the park to protest corporate greed and economic inequality.

A lawyer for the protesters says they have no choice but to comply, but have asked for more time because many of the overnight campers are homeless.

One protester told The Portland Press Herald he has no intention of leaving and expects to be arrested.

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