October 16, 2019
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Occupy Maine protesters work on plan to camp through the winter

Pat Wellenbach | AP
Pat Wellenbach | AP
A sign that reads "2-Gether 99% We Stand" lies on one of the tents that belongs to a group that calls itself Occupy Maine in a park in Portland on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011. The group gathers at nearby Portland's Monument Square every day to hold signs and offer information on what they call corporate greed, political corruption and the need for change.

PORTLAND, Maine — Organizers with Occupy Maine say they are working on a detailed response to city officials who want to know how protesters plan to stay safe and warm this winter.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Occupy Maine told the city in an email Tuesday that it has two nurses providing medical care at its encampment, that it may seek permission to use a woodstove, and that it will raise funds to cover the costs of park upkeep.

The detailed response is expected to be ready by next Tuesday.

Spokeswoman Nicole Clegg says the city is primarily concerned with protester safety.

Occupy Maine in Portland has been at Monument Square and Lincoln Park since Sept. 30. John Branson, a lawyer representing Occupy Maine, says winter safety has been discussed.

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