Freedom Plaza Protesters To Extend Stay

Stop The Machine now called Occupy Washington D.C.

Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011  |  Updated 4:56 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 27: Dozens of personal tents are set up in Freedom Plaza during the Stop the Machine occupation of the space on Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the U.S. Capitol October 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York, Stop the Machine has occupied Freedom Plaza since October 6 and are demanding "peace and social, economic and environmental justice" and "will use ongoing actions of nonviolent resistance to disrupt the forces that corrupt our political process and undermine our rights and human needs." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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The protesters who've pitched tents in D.C.'s Freedom Plaza since October have been issued a permit to extend their stay through the end of February.

National Park Service spokeswoman Carol Johnson said the group, originally known as Stop The Machine, filed an application for a new permit that runs from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, and the application was granted.

The group now calls itself Occupy Washington D.C. They are protesting corporate greed and the continued presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and their current permit expires Dec. 30. There's a similar, larger protest encampment a few blocks away in McPherson Square called Occupy D.C.

Johnson says a permit has also been issued to the National Center for Public Policy Research for a counter-protest from Feb. 12-March 15.

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