PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Police have cleared the Occupy Philadelphia encampment near City Hall and sanitation crews are standing by to begin cleaning it.
Police began pulling down tents at about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday after telling demonstrators they had to leave. Protesters began marching through the streets but later were stopped by police.
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said breaking up the camp in the early-morning hours helped minimize any disruption to businesses and traffic. No arrests were made, he said.
The action comes more than two days after the deadline for protesters to remove structures and belongings from Dilworth Plaza. Protesters have camped on the plaza since Oct. 6 to protest economic inequality and corporate influence on government.
The city plans to clear the site to make room for a $50 million renovation project.