HMC has just received a “Notice to Grand Parade Protest Participants.”
The notice reads as follows:
While HRM has respected the participants’ right to peaceful assembly and their right to have their issues known publicly, it is now time to return the Grand Parade to the public at large for its use in the many activities of its citizens. These include, but are not limited to, the Nov. 9 Dignity Day Ceremony and the Nov. 11 Remembrance Day Ceremony.
Halifax Regional Municipality requests that all participants in the “Occupy Nova Scotia” protest vacate the Grand Parade to allow the resumption of its use by the general public and to ensure upcoming public events can proceed as scheduled.
Remembrance Day, as the largest annual ceremonial event in the HRM drawing more than 5,000 veterans, service personnel, and the members of the public, will require the use of the entire Grand Parade site. In addition, preparation for this important civic event will require sufficient lead time to clean and ready the site. As such, it will be necessary for the site to be cleared by Nov.6 at 5:00pm to begin preparation work. Attached is a copy of the site plan detailing the full use of the Grand Parade for the Remembrance Day event.
The Municipality is offering to make available to the Occupy Nova Scotia participants an alternate site on the Halifax Common, specifically the area of ball diamond 8, should the “Occupy Nova Scotia” wish to continue its peaceful protest.
The notice is signed M.R Labrecque, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer.
“This is the same technique that was used multiple times in Zuccoti Park [in New York City]...handing out eviction notices to all people assembled in the park.” Said one occupier, who wished to remain anonymous. “And each time the occupiers made a rallying call to all community supporters to come down to the park at the deadline time. Each time, that community support made it impossible for them to be evicted. And on multiple occasions the reason for the eviction was simply an excuse.”
Undoubtedly, tonight’s General Assembly will provide more clarity as to the occupiers’ next move.