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Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 10/09/2011

Washington protesters intend to overstay permit

A four-day protest in Washington’s Freedom Plaza, near the White House, may continue longer than originally planned.

(Linda Davidson - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Protest organizer Maria Allwine tells The Associated Press that the demonstrators’ permit with the National Park Service expires at 10 p.m. Sunday. But she says protesters intend to stay overnight Sunday and remain there indefinitely. She calls it an “occupation” and says the protesters are taking good care of the plaza.

The October 2011 Stop the Machine demonstration was scheduled to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan and carries an anti-war and anti-corporate greed message.

A U.S. Park Police spokesman had no immediate comment on what police plan to do if protesters overstay their permit.

By The Associated Press  |  04:26 PM ET, 10/09/2011

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