Occupy Miami has been notified by county officials that anyone remaining in the encampment on the lawn of the Stephen P. Clark Government Center after sun set Tuesday would face arrest.
Many packed up their tents and left earlier in the day, but more people arrived come sun set to join the remaining occupiers.
In a statement, county leaders said the permit’s latest weekly renewal was denied because unsanitary conditions and safety issues.
“The Victorian Sunshine Corporation’s permit to use the West Lawn at the Stephen P. Clark Center was denied based on the unsanitary site conditions and unsafe activities, which have resulted in a number of arrests by the Miami-Dade Police Department,” said the statement from Miami-Dade spokeswoman Suzy Trutie.
Occupy Miami issued their own statement as well:
Occupy Miami issued its own statement, saying the eviction would not put an end to its efforts to shed light on issues such as wealth inequality and student loan fraud.
“Tuesday’s eviction does not signal its demise, but rather the tangible shift to an exciting, new phase in a movement continually growing stronger, larger, and more powerful. Occupy Miami could never be encompassed by a camp, since its efforts are as diverse and flexible as the occupants of Miami itself. While the County may try to evict the camp, they can never evict the idea.”