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State Department Tells Occupy Indy To Remove All Belongings

Occupiers say they will abide by the rules but still plan to remain in front of the statehouse.

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Occupy Indy protestors have been told to remove all their belongings from the statehouse lawn.

As temperatures drop in Indianapolis, the Occupy Indy protesters who remained camped outside the Statehouse will no longer have tents, tarps or sleeping bags to keep warm.

The state Department of Administration, in conjunction with the Capitol Police, issued an order for the protesters to remove all their belongings from the Statehouse grounds by Thursday afternoon. In a letter, the department cites health, safety and sanitation concerns connected to the build-up of materials since the group set up camp about a month ago.

Spokeswoman Connie Smith says the department has been concerned for some time.

“We just felt like it was, with the weather getting colder, there was a chance that more things would accumulate,” she says.

The letter warns protesters that any belongings not removed will be taken and any resistance met with arrest. The few protesters that remain say they will cooperate, but they don’t plan on leaving. Brandon Jones and his fiancé say they will stay on the grounds for a couple more weeks at least, utilizing a “sleeping van” for shelter during the night.

“We will actually take shifts,” he says. “There will be a group of individuals out here for ‘x’ amount of hours and then they switch off with the individuals that have been getting sleep for ‘x’ amount of hours.”

Jones says maintaining a presence outside the Statehouse is the only way those inside the building will know they’re serious.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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