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Vancouver cautioned against ending protest


VANCOUVER — There is no logical or legal reason for Vancouver to force an end to the Occupy Vancouver camp, city staff told Vancouver council Tuesday.

Instead, evidence has shown that cities that roust Occupy protesters out invariably fail because protesters simply return stronger than before, city manager Penny Ballem said.

Vancouver police Chief Jim Chu said there’s no appetite in his department to force protesters to move without the backing of a court injunction, and that’s not likely to be granted if there aren’t any serious issues to deal with such as crime or health and safety concerns.

Those remarks backed up the views of most of the council and Mayor Gregor Robertson that a “go slow” approach is the best option for dealing with the 60 or so people who camp overnight on the front lawn of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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