Protestors Still Occupying Mellon Green
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — After the eviction deadline passed, a group of Occupy Pittsburgh protestors and a few tents were still at the Mellon Green in downtown Pittsburgh.
The Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department said it plans to enforce the court order, but is not saying exactly when.
Protestors turned the area into People’s Park on Oct. 15, but now BNY Mellon is saying it is time to go.
They’re closing the park for the winter.
“We have not received any notice from BNY Mellon that they’re closing the green,” Marina Antic, with Occupy Pittsburgh, said. “So we’re going to stay here. We’re trying to communicate the message that this is about free speech.”
On Monday, protestors were taking down tents and packing their belongings. Police supervised as outside crews put up fencing, but the people refused to go.
Since Pittsburgh is part of a national initiative, some have plans to move on to other cities.
“Heading up to Boston in the next couple weeks to try and start another camp up there,” a man who identified himself as “Fluffy” said.
The Pittsburgh group plans to set up in the Mellon Green again in the spring.