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City removes De-Occupy protestors

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Jesse Broder Van Dyke Jesse Broder Van Dyke
Michael Daly Michael Daly

Show times for De-Occupy Honolulu at the Blaisdell have been canceled.

City workers today removed the makeshift homeless camp, saying it posed a safety hazard for bus passengers and pedestrians.

"The city received a complaint from the (Oahu Transit Services) that their bus operations were being impacted," said city spokesman Jesse Broder Van Dyke. "They need to pull into this pullout over there and they were not able to do it with the tents right on the corner there."

With police officers standing by, city officials removed tents, mattresses and other personal belongings from the sidewalk in front of the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Several De-Occupy Honolulu members protested the move but eventually moved from the premises.

"It's very unfair, it's very unfair," said De-Occupy Honolulu member Michael Daly.

"We get hit by raids like this constantly -- 63, over 60 in a year. There's a war zone going on."

The Blaisdell homeless camp is less than a week old. Organizers relocated there Sunday night after city began to close off the Beretania Street portion of Thomas Square to make way for dozens of large planters to be placed on the sidewalks.

Park workers are also installing a sprinkler systems in the area which once housed homeless tents.

The city says its not targeting the homeless but protestors say otherwise.

"What they are doing is diminishing the sidewalk and the right to free speech," said Daly.

 

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