While Monday was supposed to be the end of sleeping and camping in McPherson square, the tents remain. According to the Examiner, the National Park Service is allowing tents to stay—they just can’t have any bedding in them.
Protesters at both D.C. camps simply adjusted to the new regulations and continued on as they have before. Most tents have been cleared of bedding and many protesters have found other places to sleep — in churches, with friends and sometimes on the streets. Others are complying with the ban by not sleeping at all. A handful of Occupiers on a “sleep strike” haven’t slept since Monday morning and say they won’t sleep until the Park Service stops enforcing the ban.
A good portion of Occupiers are still sleeping in the park in defiance of the Park Service’s order.
“I’m sleeping here because a person has to find someplace to sleep,” said Camilo Brokaw, 24, of Albuquerque, N.M. “There’s a big community here that doesn’t have somewhere to go.”
But even though police patrolled the camp twice in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, checking tents for slumbering protesters, they made no arrests, protesters said.
Photo by Matt Dunn