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Challenge planned for Haley's Statehouse curfew

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A group of protesters plan to challenge Gov. Nikki Haley's order that police arrest anyone protesting at the Statehouse after 6 p.m.

SC Progressive Network Director Brett Bursey said the gathering from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday is protesting Haley taking away First Amendment rights.

Haley on Wednesday ordered the Bureau of Protective Services to arrest anyone rallying on Statehouse grounds after sunset, ending Occupy Columbia's 33 days of constant protests. She said she was tired of seeing protesters trash the capitol grounds, but they say they were always respectful.

Bursey says no one will be arrested unless they refuse to leave after being ordered by officers. He says he would rather be in jail than told he can't peacefully stand on government property to express his opinions.

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