On Friday, Mayor Michael Nutter ordered Occupy Philadelphia to “remove their possessions and themselves” from Dilworth Plaza by 5 pm yesterday:
And so now, I am announcing that as of 5 pm today everyone now encamped on Dilworth Plaza has 48-hours to remove their possessions and themselves from the project site, which will be fenced for the construction project and public’s safety starting some time next week.
Let me repeat: this announcement serves as we promised earlier a 48-hour notice to those on Dilworth Plaza to vacate the location completely and immediately.
While most have left, about 75 tents are still there.
At last night's General Assembly, Occupiers celebrated their defiance.
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld famously observed that “democracy is messy.” True that, but it's way past time for this mess to go.