Vancouver police say they've held "preliminary discussions" with organizers of the upcoming Occupy Vancouver protest.
The October 15 demonstration is being inspired by the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City.
"We have already engaged in dialogue with self-identified organizers and we expect that we will communicate further with them in the coming days," Const. Jana McGuinness, a spokesperson for the Vancouver Police Department, said in a news release today (October 7).
According to police, the number of people who will attend the protest is unknown. The department says it will be talking with businesses in the area which may be concerned about the event.
"Legal protests and demonstrations in Vancouver are welcome, and people are free to gather in any public space as long as their actions are legal," McGuinness said.
Occupy Vancouver is scheduled to begin at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Protesters are asked to bring tents.
"We realize that our social, economic, and political structures are broken. This is more than just a protest 'against' something. It is about coming together as people, acknowledging things are broken, and working together to fix them," the Occupy Vancouver website states.
The protest's Facebook event page advises participants to be ready to march on "Capitalist Hot Spots" in the vicinity.