Occupy Maine takes down encampment structure

Posted Feb. 04, 2012, at 3:44 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Members of the Occupy Maine movement are preparing to vacate a downtown Portland park after receiving eviction notices to be gone by Monday.

Some Occupy members on Saturday dismantled a communal warming hut in Lincoln Park, while packing up pallets and putting debris in a Dumpster. Members also have been asked to remove their personal tents and belongings.

City officials have issued an eviction notice giving Occupy Maine protesters until 8 a.m. Monday to clear out. A judge on Wednesday denied Occupy’s request for a preliminary injunction to stop the city from evicting demonstrators from the park, where they’ve been camping since October to protest corporate greed and economic inequality.

Some Occupy Maine members have told reporters they have no intention of leaving the park and expect to be arrested.

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