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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Police are ordering members of the Occupy Charlotte movement to remove their tents from the lawn of the old city hall.

Officers arrived early Monday to begin enforcing new rules approved last week giving police the authority to evict or arrest people who are camping, living or sleeping on the property.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Capt. J.W. Estes says officers are giving the protesters plenty of time to remove the tents. Estes says the protesters can stay on the property but cannot have tents at the site.

There were about two dozen tents at the site early Monday. Some people were taking their tents down after officers arrived, others were not.

Protesters have been camping at the old city hall site since last fall.

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