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'Occupy' protests continue in D.C. despite permit mix-up

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Protesters will gather in D.C. again this morning as part of the “Occupy” movement against corporate greed and other issues.

Protesters have fanned out across D.C. since last week. (Photo: Flickr/n3tel)

Despite some confusion about permits to rally in Freedom Plaza, U.S. Park Police say the permit for the protest technically runs through Monday. The extra time is meant to allow the demonstrators to break down their stage and other equipment.

The permit was for use of a rented stage, sound system and food tent. All of the items will leave between 10 am to 2 pm, according to Dr. Margaret Flowers, an event co-organizer.

Police will not arrest people as long as everyone remains peaceful, Flowers said.

But protest organizer Maria Allwine says she and other protesters intend to remain in Freedom Plaza, near the White House, indefinitely. She calls it an "occupation."

Park police spokesman Sgt. David Schlosser says it's not clear yet what police will do if demonstrators stay in the plaza with their tents, banners and signs.

The protest marked the 10th anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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