Occupy Missoula Asked to Leave Courthouse Lawn

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – Missoula County commissioners are asking the Occupy Missoula protesters to pack up their tents and leave the courthouse lawn after a two-month stay.

In a carefully worded letter, county officials said they support the group’s right to assemble and air grievances, but say the 24/7 camp puts county staff in the position of having to clean up after campers.

The county’s chief administrative officer, Dale Bickell, says the county feels like it is providing an inappropriate level of resources to help support the movement.

The letter asks for a response by Monday.

Rebecca Titus was staffing the Occupy Missoula information booth Thursday. She says they’ve discussed the safety of winter camping, but says the camp is the most visible, direct and permanent action any occupation movement has done.