By Associated Press - Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The head of the National Park Service said Tuesday the Occupy DC protesters will get one final warning before U.S. Park Police begin to enforce the ban on camping in McPherson Square.

Jonathan Jarvis testified Tuesday at a hearing of a House oversight subcommittee. He says the camping ban will be enforced “very soon.”

After the hearing, Mr. Jarvis clarified that enforcing the camping ban would not lead to a full-scale eviction of the Occupy DC encampment.

He says protesters will continue to be permitted to exercise their First Amendment rights in McPherson Square 24 hours a day. And he says camping regulations can only be enforced against individuals.

Mr. Jarvis denied suggestions by Republican lawmakers that the Obama administration is pressuring the park service to allow the protest to remain.

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