Occupy D.C. Vows to Flout Ban

    WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30:  Dr. E. Gail Anderson Holness, second from right, leads Occupy DC protesters in a prayer  in McPherson Square on Monday January 30, 2012 in Washington, DC.  The National Park Service issued a noon deadline to enforce no-camping regulations in McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza.  (Photo by Matt McClain for The Washington Post)

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    Occupy D.C. protesters said Tuesday that they planned to remain in two parks near the White House despite an order by the U.S. National Park Service to stop camping in McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza. Unlike other cities, police avoided a confrontation with the occupiers throughout the winter, but now say protesters must remove bedding and cooking equipment. Tents would be allowed to remain as a protest symbol if their flaps remained open. Some protesters said they would comply, but the group erected a giant tent covered with moons and stars over a statue in McPherson Square to express their disapproval of the police order.

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