Occupy Activists In Raleigh Ask To Camp At NC Capitol

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Anti-Wall Street protesters are asking North Carolina officials again to let them camp on the old Capitol grounds after a week of demonstrations.

The Occupy Raleigh group announced Thursday it had filed an extended-use permit starting Saturday through Oct. 30 with the Department of Administration.

Hundreds of people attended last weekend's rally on the grounds in downtown Raleigh. The permit lasted only four hours, and police arrested 20 people who refused to leave later that evening. A small group has been demonstrating this week on a sidewalk next to the Capitol square.

The department earlier denied a longer extended permit. A letter accompanying the new application says demonstrators have been peaceful and pose no threat of violence. A phone message left at the department after business hours wasn't immediately returned.

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