The last campfire as photographed at 4:57pm on Wednesday, November 30.
Members of the Charlottesville PD stand ready.
Members of Occupy Charlottesville planning to move their tents
to George Rogers Park on the Corner won't find a welcome wagon
waiting, according to a warning issued by UVA brass, and those who
choose to stay downtown in Lee Park against city orders are
prepping for a confrontation with Charlottesville police.
"Such an encampment will not be permitted on the University’s
Grounds," writes Michael Strine, UVA executive VP and chief
operating officer in a letter sent today to Occupy Charlottesville
members. Citing the Rogers park's proximity to the school and
hospital at its location at the corner of Main Street and Jefferson
Park Avenue, Strine claims such an encampment "would create
significant health, hygiene, and safety problems for the University
community and the citizens we serve," and warns would-be occupiers
that they'll face trespassing charges if they don't heed the
Whether Strine's warning is a deterrent remains to be seen at
George Rogers Park, and as the 6pm deadline approaches, Lee Park is
a flurry of activity as tents are folded, trash collected.
According to the Occupy Charlottesville Facebook page, Occupiers
who plan to remain in Lee Park when the permit expires at 6pm are
being offered tips on passive resistance. Arrests won't likely take
place until 11pm, when a park curfew goes into effect. And
according to Occupier Lyle Farmer, who plans to start a survivalist
community on land around Charlottesville in the near future,