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Deadline looms for Occupy DC protesters

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Occupy DC demonstrator Brian Eister of Colorado packs up his camping gear, in compliance with new restrictions, at McPherson Square in Washington Jan. 30. At noon today, the National Park Service will ban Occupy DC protesters from camping overnight here and in Freedom Plaza where have they been living since October, in a blow to one of the highest-profile chapters of the movement denouncing economic inequality.

Occupy protesters in the nation's capital were preparing for a noon Monday deadline set by federal park authorities to end camping at some of the movement's last remaining large encampments, with some "surprises" in store, one of the activists said.

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Robert Dilley and Kevin Wiley carry belongings to a rental truck to be taken to storage before the Occupy DC encampment is shut down in McPherson Square on Jan. 30.

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The McPherson Square Occupy encampment on K Street in Washington, DC on Jan. 30.

The National Park Service said in a flier released Friday that it would begin enforcing regulations prohibiting camping and the use of temporary structures for camping at McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza. Individual violators may be subject to arrest and their property subject to seizure as evidence, the flier said.

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An Occupy protester sits at the corner of the McPherson Square Occupy encampment on K Street in Washington, DC on Monday, Jan. 30. The National Park Service has warned the protesters at McPherson Square and at Freedom Plaza that those who violate the camping rule beginning Monday at noon will be subject to arrest. Protesters have stated they intend to stay at the two sites and defend their encampments. The Occupiers are referring to the action as the

Justin Jacoby Smith, a 25-year-old activist with OccupyKSt, said the protesters at McPherson Square had plans for the deadline -- a "tent of dreams" was mentioned on their twitter feed, but he noted: “We’re still sorting of keeping the specifics under wraps … we like to have surprises when we can.” Full story...

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James, who chose not to give his full name, smokes a cigarette after waking up in his tent at the Occupy DC encampment in McPherson Square on Jan. 30 in Washington, DC.