In center city Philadelphia, hundreds gathered outside City Hall in a show of solidarity ahead of a city-imposed Sunday evening deadline to clear a campsite there. The protesters braced for a police sweep, but it did not take place immediately after the 5 p.m. deadline, surprising few.
“I think most people imagine that this is going to happen when we least expect it,” said Khadijah White, a University of Pennsylvania doctoral student who helps facilitate Occupy Philadelphia meetings.
Many tents remained at the site, though some protesters said they had removed their other valuables ahead of time. Protesters — including many who don’t actually camp out around the clock, but who sympathize with those who do — indicated that they would stay at the campsite well into the night on Sunday. Some said they planned to sit down and resist efforts by the police to remove them from Dilworth Plaza, where the protesters have stayed in Philadelphia since Oct. 6.
It's now 4:30am EST, still no eviction, no arrests, no pepper spray or rubber bullets.