Occupy Eugene wants to use park indefinitely

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The Occupy Eugene people living at a municipal park have asked the City Council to let them stay indefinitely, arguing that the encampment gives homeless people and street youth a safe, sober place to stay.

The Eugene Register-Guard (http://bit.ly/umr7Mm ) reports the council may be split, with two previous supporters hesitant to allow the encampment to be permanent.

The council has exempted the group from a ban on overnight camping. That ends Dec. 15. The council is scheduled to take up the matter three days before that.

The protest began in mid-October and was in other parks and property controlled by the University of Oregon before it settled in Washington-Jefferson Park on Nov. 5.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com