Mayor Robertson says there are other groups who want to use the site for holiday displays and other events, therefore, the ongoing protest must end peacefully. On the other hand, cities other than Vancouver have tried to end the Occupy protests in a different way – mass arrests were reported.
Robertson says Vancouver has been trying to discuss an agreement but it’s getting complicated since the movement has no apparent leader or agenda. Protesters will hold a meeting to talk about Robertson’s call for them to leave, but majority seems unwilling to depart as they say their focus is on the nearby financial centre of the city.
“We would like to end it peacefully and with respect. We don’t want to see the chaos we’ve seen in many other cities that have gone in with mass arrests… That’s not the kind of ending we want here, we want it to be peaceful,” Robertson said Monday.
The protest has cost Vancouver over $500,000 in law enforcement and other staffing since the beginning.
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