Image: Occupy Oakland protesters on Wednesday
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Protesters walk along a path beside tents erected in front of Oakland City Hall on Wednesday.
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updated 10/22/2011 1:19:51 PM ET 2011-10-22T17:19:51

Hundreds of anti-Wall Street protesters defiantly remained at their campsite outside Oakland's City Hall early Saturday, despite a city order to vacate.

As the 10 p.m. time of the city's ultimatum passed Friday night, Occupy Oakland demonstrators showed no signs of departing as music blasted from the plaza. More protesters arrived with tents as midnight approached.

Earlier, city spokeswoman Karen Boyd said that Oakland gave official notice that the protesters do not have permission to remain overnight and that their encampment is breaking the law. She would not comment on what steps the city would take toward enforcing of the law. There was no indication of significant police presence early Saturday.

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A lone Oakland police cruiser seen passing the site around 11:30 p.m. on Friday was greeted with waves from protesters.

Boyd said that protesters can legally demonstrate at the plaza from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

"You do not have permission to lodge overnight in Frank Ogawa Plaza," the city's notice read. "You must remove all tents, sleeping bags, tarps, cooking facilities and equipment and any other lodging material from the plaza immediately. Your continued use of the plaza for overnight lodging will subject you to arrest."

Image: Occupy Oakland protest camp near City Hall on Wednesday
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Dozens of tents have been erected in front of Oakland City Hall.

The statement added that the city of Oakland and its police department "support and protect the right of all individuals to engage in free speech and their right to assemble" but added that the encampment is "a violation of the law."

Several cities in the United States and around the world have arrested anti-Wall Street protesters who have failed to leave public areas.

The encampment has quickly grown from a few dozen tents to more than 150, causing overcrowding and tension. Some protesters moved to another site across town.

"I'm not going anywhere," said Christopher Dunlap, 23, who said he has been on the City Hall lawn since the first day of the encampment. "They're going to have to come and take me away."

Rats
Oakland officials had said the city was committed to letting protesters camp on the City Hall plaza as Mayor Jean Quan proclaimed on Wednesday that sometimes "democracy is messy.

By the next day, however, the city cited an increasing rat problem, repeated requests for protesters to remove fire hazards, then public urination and acts of violence also as reasons for them to pack up and go.

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Boyd said the group cooperated in the beginning, but things had changed as they "exceeded their ability to address public health and safety issues."

"We have been very clear about the expectations," Boyd said. "It has gotten to a point where individuals can no longer maintain the plaza. It's deteriorated to the point where we needed to take strong action."

The vacate notice didn't sit well with protesters. Since their arrival, they have created a 24-hour kitchen, complete with pots, pans and a stove as well as areas for health and child care.

"We've already curbed two problems in downtown Oakland: we've solved hunger and we've solved homelessness," Shake Anderson, an organizer, said Friday. "No one is here to destroy anything."

The Associated Press, NBC News and msnbc.com staff contributed to this report.

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    BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: The Occupy Wall Street protesters have been camped out in Lower Manhattan for one month now. From its very simple beginnings, the movement has lately been seeing its impact felt around the globe, and many around the world are asking what the next move is here. NBC 's Mara Schiavocampo is with us from Lower Manhattan tonight. Mara , good evening.

    MARA SCHIAVOCAMPO reporting: Brian , good evening. Organizers here at Zuccotti Park released a statement this morning saying while they're grateful to reach that one-month milestone, there's still a lot of work to be done. This weekend the Occupy Wall Street movement had its biggest events yet. Tens of thousands gathered for a global day of protests, including in New York 's Times Square and in London . Now, while the protests were mostly peaceful, there was some violence. Groups in Rome burned cars and smashed windows. And in Chicago , 175 were arrested when police dismantled a tent camp. Now, here in New York support continues to pour in. Organizers say they get up to 400 boxes of donated supplies every day and they've received $300,000 in cash. As for what's next, the group here has started holding daily think tank meetings to get a better sense of what the protesters want. Brian :

    WILLIAMS: Mara Schiavocampo in Lower Manhattan

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  1. Mounted police stop Occupy Wall Street participants trying to break through barricades preventing them from spilling onto the street at Times Square in New York on Saturday, Oct. 15. Thousands of demonstrators protesting corporate greed filled Times Square and there were dozens of arests. The Occupy Wall Street movement went global with groups from Asia to Europe, and in every U.S. state, staging demonstrations and other actions. (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. New York police, center, arrest protesters amid the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in Times Square. (Zhu Wei / Zuma Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Demonstrators associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement protest amid steam in New York's Times Square on Oct. 15. (Mario Tama / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Protesters with Occupy Seattle burn a Bank of America debit card as they protest in downtown Seattle on Oct. 15. (Ted S. Warren / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Occupy Seattle protesters march near Seattle's Pike Place Market, Oct. 15. (Ted S. Warren / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Tourists in a cable car take photographs of Occupy San Francisco protesters during a demonstration Oct. 15. (Robert Galbraith / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Demonstrators take part in the Occupy Miami protest, Oct. 15. (Joe Skipper / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. People are detained by New York City police officers in the lobby of a Citibank branch near Washington Square, where Occupy Wall Street demonstrators held a rally Oct. 15. (Mary Altaffer / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. About 100 Occupy Wall Street protesters march along Oxnard Boulevard in Oxnard, Calif., on Oct 15. (Juan Carlo / The Ventura County Star via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Young people perfom a symbolic act at Athen's Syntagma square as they participate in a protest against the global financial system Oct. 15. (Alkis Konstantinidis / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. A police officer subdues a protester in front of the St. John in Lateran basilica during clashes in Rome on Oct. 15. (Gregorio Borgia / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Protesters march through the smoke of flares during a demonstration in dowtown Rome on Oct. 15. (Mario Laporta / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Police officers fire tear gas in Rome on Oct. 15. Protesters in Rome smashed shop windows and torched cars as violence broke out during a demonstration in the Italian capital. (Gregorio Borgia / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Protesters hurl objects at police in Rome, Saturday, Oct. 15. (Gregorio Borgia / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Demonstrators attempt to break through the entrance of a bank branch during a protest against banking and finance in Rome. (Stefano Rellandini / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Police scuffle with 'Occupy London' protesters at an entrance to Paternoster Square, Oct. 15. (Matt Cetti-Roberts / Zuma Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. A protester scuffles with police during the 'Occupy London' protest outside St. Paul's Cathedral on Oct. 15, in London, England. (Dan Kitwood / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website arrives to speak to protesters outside St Paul's Cathedral. (Dan Kitwood / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Protesters shout slogans as they take part in the 'Occupy Central' protest in Stockholm, Sweden. (Maja Suslin / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Protesters gather at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. The demonstration is one of many being held across the country recently in support of the ongoing Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York. (Bradley C Bower / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. German protesters demonstrating against the influence of bankers and financiers sit on the ground next to the Euro symbol in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. (Johannes Simon / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Hooded protestors with Pinocchio-type noses, one holding a Euro sign, walk up to the gate of the NYSE Euronext stock exchange in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Oct. 15, during a demonstration in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. (Peter Dejong / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Demonstrators stand in front of the Credit Suisse building during the "Occupy Paradeplatz" protest in Zurich, Switzerland. (Christian Hartmann / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. A protester with fake U.S. bank notes stuck on his mask takes part in an "Occupy Hong Kong" rally outside the Hong Kong Exchange Square. (Kin Cheung / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. A protester holds a placard during an "Occupy Hong Kong" rally outside the Hong Kong Exchange Square. (Kin Cheung / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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