City Crews De-Occupy Honolulu

City Maintenance Crews Enforce 'Stored Property' Ordinance

 UPDATED 5:02 AM HST Feb 07, 2012
HONOLULU -

Twenty-four hours after giving them notice, the city's Department of Facility Maintenance crews were taking what Occupy Honolulu protesters left on the sidewalk around Thomas Square.

It's the second time in a week and part of the effort to enforce the city's stored property law.

"We do follow ups at all of the places we've gone to regardless of whether we received any complaints," said Trish Morikawa, city housing coordinator.

After three sweeps of the area, D'Angelo McIntyre mans what's left of the Occupy Movement that set up camp in November.

"I think it's just an opportunity for me to be more creative on how I want to go about talking to my fellow Americans and Hawaiians,' said McIntyre.

The stored property ordinance passed in December has picked away at what, was at one time, a sprawling encampment.

City officials said its enforcement of the law is not an attempt to squelch free speech rights.

"Irrespective of who the individuals are, what group they're affiliated with, we'll be enforcing that ordinance," said Westley Chun, director of the Department of Facility Maintenance.

"We want them to do what they want to do, but if they're leaving their property, that's when it starts to infringe on other issues, so that's why we have to come," said Morikawa.

Occupy Honolulu protestors said it's likely their movement will now go mobile.

"I wouldn't be surprised if we were at Honolulu Hale or the state capitol because we're really strong people and very determined," said McIntyre.

Honolulu police were on standby, but made no arrests.

The city said all the property seized in the sidewalk sweeps are being stored and can be claimed by the owners within 30 days.

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