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Occupy Protesters Return To San Jose City Hall Plaza

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Tents belonging to Occupy San Jose protesters at San Jose City Hall plaza, December 18, 2011. (CBS)

Tents belonging to Occupy San Jose protesters at San Jose City Hall plaza, December 18, 2011. (CBS)

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SAN JOSE (KCBS) – Occupy San Jose protesters returned to City Hall Plaza, but the demonstrators are this time trying to skirt the city’s “no camping” ordinance by not actually sleeping in their tents.

Over the weekend, a handful of tents went up at San Jose City Hall, but protesters said they were simply assembling them as part of the nationwide anti-Wall Street movement. They pledged to take the tents down nightly.

“If we were camping, we would certainly have campfires, s’mores and sing-alongs. We are not camping, we are occupying a minor corner of City Hall Plaza as a free speech manifestation of the vast homelessness caused by corporate manipulation of this nation’s economy,” a member of Occupy San Jose recently told the San Jose City Council.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

The city, meanwhile, maintains that “no camping” means no tents. The city manager’s office has said it will enforce that rule to the extent that resources allow.

(© 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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