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Occupy Jackson appeals to city for extended park permit

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Occupy Jackson movement is now taking on the Jackson City Council in hopes of continuing their protests in the Capital City.

Occupy protestors have been at Smith Park for one month.

Members of the local organization, which speaks out against corporate greed, were denied a permit to remain in Smith Park.

They tried to make an appeal Tuesday to the council requesting that they be allowed to remain in the park 24 hours a day, seven days a week until 12:30p.m. on December 26th.

"The park is a public location," said Occupy Jackson member Jacob McGregor. "There's no city ordinance saying we can't be in there and the city has told us time and time again we cant...What we're doing is bettering Jackson. We're doing this to help make this city a better place in the community, and it's a movement of the people."

"I protest this, and I do it by standing at Smith Park," said Occupy Jackson member Jackie Warren Tatum. "My presence there and my occupying is my protest. I'm exercising my right to free speech that should not be impeded."

Council members did not approve a special permit.

Occupy Jackson members said they were told that they would be able to make their appeal to the council Monday morning at 10:00am.

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