According to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, the local campers who were protesting in solidarity with the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement struck camp and moved out of a Downtown park over the weekend after 189 consecutive days of occupation.
The Fairbanks protesters were camped in Veterans Memorial Park throughout the winter. They made national headlines when they kept up the occupation even when the thermometer dipped as far down as thermometers usually dip in Alaska's Interior.
Last Thursday, the Fairbanks North Star Borough notified protesters they had to remove tents and other camping gear from the park by 11:59 p.m. Sunday or face “further actions” to “compel the removal” of the camp.
But the protesters say they're leaving in good faith and have long said that they would leave the park if someone else wanted it, said Forrest Anderson, one of the occupiers.
“We always said if people wanted to rent the park out and use it we’d pack up our stuff,” Anderson said. “We don’t want to piss anybody in the community off. We want them to come out and support us.”
With summer approaching quickly now, the Borough's parks and recreation department says it has started to fill reservations for the park.
Anderson says that even though the group is no longer camping, it is planning further events to build on the change in conversation he believes the protest fostered.
“We’re certainly not done,” Anderson said. “We’re leaving this park but we’ll be here for the summer.”
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