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Occupy Huntington protesters ordered to clear camp

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Occupy Huntington protesters are being evicted from their camp in front of a downtown bank.

Media outlets report that Mayor Kim Wolfe issued an eviction notice to the group Wednesday afternoon. Occupy Huntington has until 4 p.m. Thursday to vacate the camp in front of the Chase Bank Building.

Occupy Huntington set up the encampment in mid-October.

Wolfe says city officials want to uphold the group's right to assemble but there are safety concerns. They include violations of the city's fire prevention code.

Police Chief Skip Holbrook says the group has been cooperative in the past and he doesn't expect problems when police enforce the mayor's notice.

Occupy Huntington protester Joseph Iorio says the group is disheartened and disappointed but the movement isn't over.


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