CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Protesters aligned with the Occupy Wall Street movement have been guaranteed a new place to set up camp should Charleston officials require them to leave Davis Park.
Larry Matheney, secretary-treasurer for the West Virginia AFL-CIO, said about 30 protesters could stay on a lot at the organization's property at 501 Leon Sullivan Way.
AFL-CIO President Kenny Perdue met with the protesters Monday and promised them the space along with any other needs they may have, Matheney said.
Davis Park closes at 6 p.m. It is a crime for any person to remain, stroll or play at the park after it has closed, according to a city ordinance.
Last week, Charleston Mayor Danny Jones told the protesters that they could not establish a permanent encampment at the park. The protesters have been there for about two weeks and have set up more than nine tents.
Electricity was cut off to the park Friday night to deter overnight camping, said Charleston mayoral assistant Rod Blackstone.
However, some protesters said they have no intention to leave the park until the national government makes strides in socioeconomic equality. The protesters are assembled at the site in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement that started in New York City in September. Every state has had an Occupy movement, according to the movement's official website.
Protesters across the country say they represent the "99 percent" of the American people suffering because of the economic policies of the wealthiest "1 percent."
A supporter from Logan County donated a gasoline-powered generator and a kerosene heater. The protesters use the generator for food preparation and huddle around the heater for warmth.
Maggie Fry, a protester from Charleston, said the move to the AFL-CIO lot would be a "last resort."
Fry said Davis Park was meant to be their permanent camp until city officials began catching heat from people who oppose the movement.
The protesters set up at Haddad Riverfront Park earlier this month but were asked to move because the site is frequently rented for wedding ceremonies.