Occupy Honolulu protestors told to move their stuff

Published: Feb. 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM HST|Updated: Feb. 1, 2012 at 11:30 PM HST
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Jamie Baldwin, Occupy Honolulu
Jamie Baldwin, Occupy Honolulu
Trish Morikawa, County Housing Coordinator
Trish Morikawa, County Housing Coordinator

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Will they fight back?  The Occupy Honolulu protestors have been warned as the city continues to enforce the ban on stored property in parks and sidewalks.  Today it told the protestors they have 24 hours to leave or their things will be confiscated.

At 8:30 a.m. about 20 city workers posted 31 removal notices at Thomas Square near the corner of South Beretania Street and Ward Avenue. About a dozen of the people who were warned are with Occupy Honolulu.

"So I got woken up out of my tent to 'they're bill 54ing us.' The lady is beckoning me out with a smile like come talk to us," said Jamie Baldwin, Occupy Honolulu.

The city tagged everything from tents and tarps to tea pots and plants.  But protestors were most upset about their signs.

"They have a right to stand here with their signs and have their first amendment rights it's just the property that is being stored here cannot be stored here," said Trish Morikawa, County Housing Coordinator.

"She said this has nothing to do with your freedom of speech you can come down here and have signs and this and that but then they tagged our signs so it feels very counterintuitive. It sounds like they're saying one thing and then doing another," said Baldwin. "I set my sign down, go have a cigarette come back, so what I'm not allowed to have it on the sidewalk ever again? That just doesn't make sense to me."

"The signs, unattended signs, like there is a whole group of unattended signs we have cited, we have issued notices for," said Morikawa.

If people were holding the signs they were left alone, but if they were set down they were tagged.  Despite frustration some say they will comply.

"We don't really have much of a legal team right now because we don't know a lot of lawyers. We need those University of Hawaii law students you know what I mean," said Baldwin.

"What choice do we have in compliance? We can protest it. That will get us cited if not arrested. What choice do we have to combat this? We don't have any options other than comply," said a man who goes by Patches and claims to be an Occupy supporter but not member.  "What political power do we have to fight the city? They do what they want for the most part."

"It's disgraceful actually. It's really disgraceful," said Daniel Cooper, Occupy Honolulu.

"They just proved the point of what Occupy Honolulu has been trying to do for the past couple months here, that the city has no means nor drive to help individuals that are in need of help," said Chris Smith, Occupy Honolulu.  "Occupy Honolulu is going to stay. We're not scared, we're not going to run away, we're not going to say ah forget whatever we lost.  We're still going to be here. All they're doing is waking up people that they haven't woken up in the way they want. They're pushing people around to the outskirts of town. We'll show up at their doorstep."

The key word could be doorstep. They have some ideas on what they'll do for their next move. Maybe camp out in front of Honolulu Hale or even some councilmember's homes but they haven't made up their minds just yet.

The city crews will return Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. to remove any of the items that were left behind.

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