Occupy protesters in Quebec City voted to remain at a site at Place de l'Universite-du-Quebec after the mayor ordered them to leave by end of day Thursday. (Radio-Canada)
The mayor of Quebec City has ordered protesters to leave their site
Occupy protesters in Quebec City are facing imminent eviction after the mayor, citing safety concerns, said the area had to be cleared out.
Mayor Régis Labeaume of Quebec City has ordered protester to leave their camps at Place de l'Université-du-Québec by the end of the day. The mayor claimed the order was made for safety concerns. A fire had broken out the other morning near one of tents in the park.
The mayor claims the propane stoves used by protesters are a hazard. In spite of the order protesters voted to stay at the site even though police intervene. There will probably be some type of confrontation later today unless the authorities back down.
Protesters have vowed to form a human chain. City officials are set to meet at 5 PM. The group is also discussing changing location. The protesters have been at the site since Oct. 15 one of many protests across Canada and the world in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. For more see this article.
UPDATE: Officers attended at the site this evening and removed some fire hazards but let the tents remain for now. However they said they still expected the protesters to leave. The protesters have discussed moving to another site in the city. See this article.