UPDATE, 5:45 p.m.:The Park Police has offered protest organizers a four-month extension to their permit at Freedom Plaza, according to Flowers. A Park Police spokesman did not return a call seeking comment.
UPDATE, 3:30 p.m.:Nobody has been arrested. When Park Police officers asked the protest organizers whose names were on the permit to speak privately, Flowers and Kevin Zeese originally refused.
Eventually, after the protesters met as a group, they agreed to let a meeting take place — but said they would prefer a public meeting or, failing that, a meeting Flowers can record.
“They’ve been good to us so far,” Zeese said of the Park Police. No meeting had been scheduled, and the group had not left.
UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: Flowers says the group doesn’t plan to leave — or to seek another permit.
“We felt that it was our right to to be here in the beginning,” she said, saying the group only sought one initially to establish a friendly relationship with the police.
ORIGINAL POST: Some protesters in Freedom Plaza are preparing to be arrested should police demand that they leave the site at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon.
Organizer Margaret Flowers said there were about 200 protesters at the Northwest D.C. plaza near the White House, and about a quarter of them are willing to be arrested.
“We’re planning to stay,” said Flowers.
Of those who expect to be arrested, many — including Flowers — had written their lawyers’ telephone numbers on their arms in red and black ink. Others have moved suitcases and tents out of the plaza.
As reported by the Associated Press and others, while the group’s permit expired Sunday it allows for extra time to accomodate cleanup.