Chief Jim Chu orders Occupy protesters to disperse after overnight scuffle

Vancouver's police chief has issued a public warning to Occupy protesters, ordering them to disperse after an overnight scuffle that sent two officers to hospital with human bite wounds.

Chief Jim Chu says a fight broke out when firefighters moved in to the protest camp to extinguish a fire in a barrel around midnight.

He says police stepped in when people in black masks and others he says were intent on violence formed a human chain to prevent the firefighters from doing their job and began to push them around.

Officers were then punched, kicked and bitten, while one had his ammunition clip stolen.

Chu urged legitimate protesters to leave immediately if they wish to avoid arrest, though he refused to say how or when officers might move in to clear the site.

Lawyers for the city of Vancouver appear in B-C Supreme Court later today asking for an injunction.

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