Occupy D.C. tents still up

Occupy DC Occupy DC demonstrators raise a tarp to form a symbolic "tent" over the statue in McPherson Square in Washington, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in a protest of expected enforcement of no-camping regulations.
Occupy DC An Occupy DC demonstrator walks at the camp in Freedom Plaza in Washington, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, as they prepare for the deadline to leave the Occupy DC encampment.
Occupy DC Occupy DC demonstrators pack their belongings into a car at the Freedom Plaza camp in Washington, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in preparation for the deadline to leave the Occupy DC encampment. U.S. Park Police plan to begin enforcing a no-camping rule at two Washington sites where Occupy protesters have been demonstrating for months over economic inequality and other issues.
Occupy DC A Occupy DC demonstrator leaves with his belongings from Freedom Plaza in Washington, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. U.S. Park Police plan to begin enforcing a no-camping rule at two Washington sites where Occupy protesters have been demonstrating for months.
Ariana Kobel, Javier Ocasio Occupy DC demonstrators Ariana Kobel and Javier Ocasio kisses as they pack their belongings at the Freedom Plaza camp in Washington, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in preparation for the deadline to leave the Occupy DC encampment. U.S. Park Police plan to begin enforcing a no-camping rule at two Washington sites where Occupy protesters have been demonstrating for months over economic inequality and other issues.
Joseph Moehrle Joseph Moehrle, 23, of Frederick, Md., a supporter of Occupy DC, wears a gas mask in front of a tarp the group raised to form a symbolic "tent" over the statue in McPherson Square in Washington, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in a protest of expected enforcement of no-camping regulations.
Edward Hunt, Babe Occupy DC demonstrator, Vietnam veteran Edward Hunt walks his dog Babe at the camp in Freedom Plaza in Washington, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, as they prepare for the deadline to leave the Occupy DC encampment.
Occupy DC Occupy DC demonstrators raise a blue tarp to form a symbolic "tent" over the statue in McPherson Square in Washington, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 in a protest of expected enforcement of no-camping regulations.
Occupy DC Occupy DC demonstrators raise a tarp to form a symbolic "tent" over the statue in McPherson Square in Washington, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in a protest of expected enforcement of no-camping regulations.
Occupy DC A Park Service Camping Enforcement flyer sticks outside of a tent at the Occupy DC camp in Freedom Plaza in Washington, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012.
Occupy DC Occupy DC demonstrator carries his belongings in preparation for a deadline to leave the Occupy DC encampment, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at Freedom Plaza in Washington.
Occupy DC An Occupy DC protestor at McPherson Square packs up belongings in expectation of an enforcement of a no-camping regulation, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in Washington. U.S. Park Police plan to begin enforcing a no-camping rule at two Washington sites where Occupy protesters have been demonstrating for months over economic inequality and other issues.
John Zangas, Jackie Lawson Jackie Lawson, left, passes packing tape back to John Zangas, 52, both with Occupy DC, as they pack up in expectation of an enforcement of a no-camping regulation, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in Washington. U.S. Park Police plan to begin enforcing a no-camping rule at two Washington sites where Occupy protesters have been demonstrating for months over economic inequality and other issues.
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WASHINGTON – Lots of Occupy D.C. protesters and their tents remain downtown Tuesday, a day after the deadline that made it illegal to camp at Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square.

The protesters spent the night awake, in what one protester calls the “tent of dreams” draped over the statue of General McPherson. It’s what the protester tells WTOP’s Neal Augenstein is a final act of defiance.

Sgt. David Schlosser, a Park Police spokesman, said officers had begun enforcing the camping ban Monday by reminding demonstrators of the regulation. He said some demonstrators had already done so, although he didn’t know how many.

He declined to discuss a timeline for eviction, though he said the camping ban pertained not only to sleeping on the grounds but also to possessing bedding materials like blankets.

Some Occupy protesters have been bracing for a possible confrontation since Friday, after learning they had to stop camping.

On Monday, U.S. Park Police did not arrest anyone and enforced no evictions.

Here are some of the things that have been tweeted recently about Occupy D.C.:

The 9:30 a.m. court hearing before a federal judge is part of the lawsuit filed by a protester. Earlier a judge ruled protesters had be be given 24 hours notice before being evicted.

Court records indicate the hearing will address protesters’ concerns about previously-seized items, as well as clarification about items police can seize if a protester is following the anti-camping laws.

WTOP’s Neal Augenstein contributed to this story. Follow Neal and WTOP on Twitter.

(Copyright 2012 by WTOP and The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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