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Regina Occupiers ticketed, tents remain

Mayor Fiacco does not want to engage protestors
Reported by Samantha Maciag
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Regina police attended the Occupy Regina encampment in Victoria Park around 11:30 p.m. on Monday to issue tickets to the remaining activists, now 10 remaining from the initial 34.

“They issued seven summonses for being in the park - contrary to the bylaw,” explained Regina Police Staff Sergeant Darrin McKechnie.

One person was arrested on site, though police said it wasn't related to the call.

The morning after

Occupy Regina activists were still in the park on Tuesday morning, and spoke to News Talk Radio about their intentions.

One protester said he'd be back to the park in the evening, along with others, even though he'd received a ticket from the police on Monday. He said he wasn't concerned about getting another ticket because "they'd be thrown out."

Occupiers would not elaborate on who their legal counsel was as they aren't allowed to talk about it, but protesters at the camp have insisted they have multiple lawyers.

What happens next

According to the Occupy Regina Facebook page those served with tickets are expected to appear in court on Dec. 14th. Each ticket could carry a maximum fine of $2,000.

Despite this, about a dozen tents still remain in the northeast corner of Victoria Park this hour.

On Monday, protestor Adam Thornton told News Talk Radio they had no intention of leaving, but they were also planning on a back-up plan just in case.

“We would like to be able to maintain some sort of tent city sort of paradigm. This is an expression of solidarity with the global movement and that is a key part of that expression is the tent city idea,” explained Thornton.

As of Tuesday morning, tents remained standing in the park but no occupiers were seen to be on site.

According to the Occupy Regina Facebook page those served with tickets are expected to appear in court on Dec. 14th. Each ticket could carry a maximum fine of $2,000.

Despite this, about a dozen tents still remain in the northeast corner of Victoria Park this hour.

On Monday, protestor Adam Thornton told News Talk Radio they had no intention of leaving, but they were also planning on a back-up plan just in case.

“We would like to be able to maintain some sort of tent city sort of paradigm. This is an expression of solidarity with the global movement and that is a key part of that expression is the tent city idea,” explained Thornton.

As of Tuesday morning, tents remained standing in the park but no occupiers were seen to be on site.

Mayor does not want to engage the protestors

Mayor Pat Fiacco maintained on CJME’s Morning News on Monday, he would not engage the protestors.

“We’re busy, we’re very, very busy and we’re doing what City Hall is supposed to be doing,” Fiacco said.

He acknowledged some people wish the City would have moved in sooner but he insisted bylaw officers are trying to avoid a confrontation like those in other cities that have ended with serious violence.

Edited by News Talk Radio's Sabeen Ahmad and Jared Knoll.