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New Rules for Occupy Protestors in Minnesota

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – There are some new rules coming for the protesters who have been occupying a downtown Minneapolis government plaza for more than a month.

Occupy Minnesota protesters can still demonstrate at the plaza, but starting Monday they cannot tape signs to county property, leave items unattended or sleep on the plaza or grounds.

County officials say the areas are not designed for camping or long-term occupation, and the changes are needed because of health and safety concerns and increased security costs. The Hennepin County Board approved the new restrictions last week.

The protesters have occupied the plaza since Oct. 7 in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Nick Espinosa, one of the protest organizers, has said the protesters plan to ask the county board to rescind the rules.

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

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