Chapel Hill enacts protest/camping ordinance

According to the Raleigh News and Observer, The Chapel Hill Town Council approved new rules 8-1 Monday night that will prohibit overnight protests on public spaces like the recent Occupy Chapel Hill-Carrboro encampment downtown.

The ordinance asks groups to get a permit two days in advance to use Peace and Justice Plaza, the space outside the Franklin Street post office. Groups without a permit may still use the plaza up to three hours.

The old rules also required a permit, but the town waived its restrictions during Occupy’s three-month stay. Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt said he didn’t ask that the ordinance be enforced because he supported the movement’s message.


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