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City Rejects Permit To Allow Camping in NYC Parks During RNC Protests

Reuters is reporting: Former members of the Yippies, a counterculture group that clashed with police in riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, lost a bid on Wednesday to set up a camp for protesters during this summer's Republican National Convention in New York, officials said.

Demonstrators predict huge numbers of protesters will descend on New York for the convention. Law enforcement officials are planning unprecedented security.

The former members of the Youth International Party, or Yippies, applied for a permit to allow 20,000 protesters to sleep in Manhattan's East River and Tompkins Square parks to prevent large crowds from illegally camping in midtown Manhattan's Central Park, activist John Penley said.

"When they find 20,000 people camping out in Central Park, we're going to say: 'Look, we tried to do something about this, but you didn't want to work with us and now it's your problem,"' Penley said.

The application for the two campsites was denied because overnight camping is not allowed, a spokeswoman for the city's Department of Parks and Recreation said. MORE

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I'll see ya there losers!

Posted by: George Bush | Mar 25, 2004 12:24:57 AM

i'm down with this camp shut down idea.
free place to stay sounds inviting.
but how many of you like me plan on staying in one
of these nyc state parks ?
which one will be the closest ? thanx

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