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Occupy Sacramento Asks for Camping Ban to be Lifted

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Members of the group "Occupy Sacramento" are asking the city council to allow them to stay in Cesar Chavez park 24 hours a day.   

Protestors like James Wegryn say moving every night is compromising their ability to get their message out.

WEGRYN: "I'll be here 24 hours a day or as much as I can and help keep this going, and to help make it bigger.  Once we can get, if we get permission, this can get way more, a lot bigger, get a lot more done." 

Wegryn is homeless.  The city code banning camping in parks was enacted in large part to keep the homeless from taking up permanent residence.

Mayor Kevin Johnson says he respects what the protestors are doing, but he plans to vote to leave the code unchanged.

JOHNSON: We need to allow people to protest, make their voices heard from five in the morning til eleven o'clock at night.  That's ample time.  And then, at the end of the night, folks have to find shelter, or go home or find a place to really camp out come back the next day."

The Sacramento Police Department says it has made 58 arrests of Occupy Sacramento protestors in the past two weeks.   

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