City officials have offered a permit allowing Occupy Philadelphia protesters to move from Dilworth Plaza next to City Hall to Thomas Paine Plaza at the Municipal Services Building across the street -- but on the condition that they end their 24-hour protest.
Under the proposal, the demonstration would only be allowed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. No tent structures or sleeping bags would be allowed other than one canopy to protect computer equipment, and even that would have to be taken down each night.
The city doesn't want to see a recreation of the current encampment, Mayoral spokesman Mark McDonald said.
Mayor Michael Nutter has called health and safety conditions at Occupy Philly “intolerable.”
McDonald says the protesters have 48 hours to counter the city's 16-point proposal. He says the demonstrators will be given adequate notice before any eviction.
There is no plan to force the protesters off Dilworth Plaza before Thanksgiving, city officials said.
The protesters were told last week to begin packing up their Dilworth Plaza encampment to make room for an impending construction project at the site.
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