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In Orange County, Occupy protesters keep camping

December 12, 2011 | 12:32 pm

Occupy Orange County protesters have been granted another extension, permitting overnight camping at the Civic Center through noon Dec. 21, according to the city website.

The latest amendment to the agreement between protesters and the city is the third extension since Oct. 25, when an outpouring of protesters filled the City Council chambers and lobbied for the right to remain in the park overnight.

Protesters will still have to conform to rules set out in prior amendments and the original agreement, which requires them to vacate the area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays for lawn maintenance, pay for their own portable toilets and trash collection, and restore the area to its preexisting condition upon vacating.

Protesters are also prohibited from using cooking equipment and heaters and must conform with city laws.

The latest amendment places additional limits on the protesters, including restricting the ability of minors, unless accompanied by a legal guardian, to remain overnight and placing a cap of 28 tents.

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-- Sarah Peters, Times Community News

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