|Me in my awesome handmade donated|
OccupyMN hat. It's warm.
A countdown is on to this evening, when Hennepin County officials have set the deadline for disallowing sleeping, signs, and portable toilets in Government Plaza, effectively ending the "occupation" part of the Occupy MN movement.
But the protesters aren't going without a fight. Two fights, actually -- one in court and one on the plaza.
"We're trying to get as many people out as possible to achieve a critical mass to make sure we keep sleeping there if we choose to," says spokeswoman April Lukes-Streich.
She says the group has a rally planned for 5 p.m. and that the occupiers will not follow any of the county's new rules. She says they hope to keep as many people as possible as late as they can, to monitor any attempt at enforcement on the part of the county.