Mayor McGinn has issued another statement in support of Occupy Seattle. He said:
We are providing a permit for protest activities at Westlake Park which will allow them to have an organizing tent that can remain overnight. As a condition of the permit, protestors will have to allow for cleaning of the park, protect park property, accommodate the other existing permitted events, and protect access to businesses.
We are making City Hall Plaza available for those that wish to stay overnight, with reasonable restrictions on the tents so as to allow free use of the plaza during the day. Unlike Westlake, City Hall also has restroom facilities available. Both the permit and the ability to set up tents at City Hall Plaza would last for two weeks, at which point we can assess whether the arrangement is meeting everyone’s needs and should be extended.
After his previous statement, this is quite a relief. We had already been told we could stay at Westlake, but now we will have a permit as well! We will not be moving from Westlake, though we may take up occupation at Town Hall as well.