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Minneapolis Protest Faces New Rules; No Sleeping

Audrey Farber, Occupyer.Wordpress.com

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Officials in Minneapolis are being low-key about the possibility of arresting protesters who have been occupying a government plaza for more than a month.

The protest on the plaza between the Hennepin County Government Center and Minneapolis City Hall has been mostly peaceful, with only a handful of arrests for things like urinating in public and public drunkenness. But on Monday, new rules from the county take effect, including one against sleeping overnight.

Sheriff Rich Stanek says he’s not expecting any problems. But he says deputies will make arrests if rules are broken.

Protesters planned a rally late Monday afternoon to include union members, and some protesters said they planned to try to sleep on the plaza.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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