Occupy COMO remains in place, despite threat to remove group
Monday, November 21, 2011 | 10:35 p.m. CST
Occupy COMO protesters set up a tent and umbrella Monday morning in front of the Daniel Boone City Building. The umbrella reads, "Can not evict." John Glascock, director of public works, told the protesters that they had until Monday to move out.
COLUMBIA — A tent at the center of an Occupy protest outside City Hall remains in place, despite a city ultimatum to move.
The tent and other camping equipment were still on the site at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Protesters said they are using the tent and its spray-painted slogans to convey their message rather than as a place to sleep.
City officials threatened to bring in police if demonstrators didn't clean up their belongings on Monday.
The city Public Works Department said the demonstrators are violating an ordinance against blocking sidewalks. City officials also said the protesters are damaging municipal property by leaving stains near the Daniel Boone City Building.
A city spokeswoman said the Occupy group planned to ask the City Council for storage space.
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