Occupy away, in Colorado Springs

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As we reported this week, the city of Colorado Springs, as well as the police department, has been trying to strike a balance between allowing for the Occupy Colorado Springs protesters' right to peaceable assemble with the local ordinances that insure our downtown doesn't fill up with tents.

Friday, the city announced that it has issued a revocable 30-day permit to the Occupy protesters, allowing them to maintain their protest. However, as Mary Scott, senior communications specialist with the city points out, this permit does not allow camping.

"They still have to comply with city ordinances and codes," she says. "It allows for them to set up tables and canopies for information."

The full press release:

The City of Colorado Springs is issuing a 30-day revocable permit to allow the Occupy
Wall Street protestors in Colorado Springs to maintain their current location while the City continues to assess public safety, health and welfare impacts.

The location is immediately next to a favorite gathering spot for children and families as well as being adjacent to a high school. The City thinks it is important to assess whether the protestors are having a negative impact on children and families in the community. It is a high-use area for the entire community, recreationally and commercially for retailers and small businesses.

The City is not aware of any permit having been issued for this type of activity for any extended amount of time. To the City’s knowledge, longer term permits have previously only been issued for permanent structures, such as awnings on restaurants.

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