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Protesters in D.C.'s Freedom Plaza extend permit

Tuesday - 2/28/2012, 4:33pm  ET

WASHINGTON - Protesters who've maintained a tent city in Washington's Freedom Plaza since October will remain there for at least another 2 months.

National Park Service officials say they are finalizing an extension of the protesters' permit that runs through April 29. The previous permit was set to expire Tuesday.

The protest began on the 10-year anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan and was originally known as October 2011 Stop the Machine. Organizers later started calling it Occupy Washington D.C.

U.S. Park Police cleared out a larger encampment known as Occupy D.C. from nearby McPherson Square earlier this month.

Freedom Plaza organizer Anthony Vanfossen says protesters are complying with park service regulations. That means they're not sleeping in the plaza and are maintaining tents as a symbolic gesture.


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