Washington mayor asks Occupy protesters to leave park

WASHINGTON - Occupy protesters in the US capital may be removed after Washington's mayor said on Thursday their camp in a downtown park poses health concerns to the city and cited a rat infestation.
Mayor Vincent Gray sent a letter to the National Park Service, which oversees the McPherson Square park that has become home to "Occupy DC" - a group of more than 100 protesters camping out in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement, a loose network of Occupy encampments across the country.
Citing a health inspection conducted by a city official that found rats in tents and within the area where food is prepared for the group, Gray said "conditions at McPherson Square are particularly a threat to the health and safety of both protestors and District residents."
Gray called on the National Park Service to take immediate steps and said protesters should be moved to a nearby plaza where another group of protesters has been camping out.