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Philadelphia Begins Cleanup, Gingerly, Of ‘Occupied’ City Hall Apron

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Despite a 5 p.m. eviction deadline on Sunday, “Occupy Philadelphia” protesters remained on Dilworth Plaza, adjacent to City Hall, on Monday morning.

However, crews from the city’s Department of Streets were beginning to dispose of pallets and trash from the encampment.

Police weren’t moving any of the few dozen remaining “Occupy” people, but it looked like workers were starting to remove some of trash and other objects from around them.

During the partial cleanup Monday morning, workers found hypodermic needles, pill bottles and glassine bags at the makeshift tent city.

The 5 p.m. deadline came and went Sunday night (see related story). The city says it needs the area evacuated so it can begin a long-planned renovation of the area around City Hall.

Police Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan says the department’s strategy continues, even this morning, to be one that avoids unnecessary confrontation.

“We have the same team strategy that we’re hoping that this matter can resolve itself in a peaceful way and an agreeable way,” Sullivan told KYW Newsradio this morning.

There were still several dozen protesters who refused to leave, and so far it looks like they are not taking advantage of the permit to demonstrate across the street.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060; Walt Hunter, CBS 3

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  • Brotherly Tough Love

    Why issue a deadline when you don’t (can’t) back it up? Typically spineless Philly elected officials…step lightly around the anarchist and let the working folks pick up the tab in a city that is seemingly broke.
    Tens of thousands in citizen tax dollars can be spent to be ‘non-confrontational’ with this ilk while the administration puts the squeeze on organizations such as the Mummers and St. Patrick’s Day Parade participants to foot the bill for their events.
    Suggestion to the occupiers…OCCUPY A JOB!

  • The Office Boss!!!!

    Cite them for disorderly conduct and let them go.

    If they continue to resist put them in jail for the night.

  • Stewart

    These people are flouting the law. lock them up

    • Adan X

      Wall street flaunts the law.. Put WALL STREET in Guantanamo Bay!

      • Adan X

        Bush and Cheney helped their Enron, Haliburton and bankster buddies line their pockets with our money. They would never put them in prison where they belong. My thing is if Bush and Cheney and their buddies can dish, they can take it. It’s time to say “now it’s your turn to go to hell!”

      • Jon

        Guantanamo bay? You sound worse than Bush and Cheney.

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