Occupy protesters allowed to stay in Marion Square overnight

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Occupy Charleston protesters were allowed to stay in Marion Square overnight despite the fact that the park closes at 11 p.m.

Police arrived at the park around 2 a.m. Tuesday and found about 30 protesters, some with tents and sleeping bags.

Charleston City Police say the protesters could be arrested for being in the park after hours, but police have decided not to take action until the group is able to meet with city government officials.

On Monday, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley had rejected a proposal to allow the protesters to stay in the park indefinitely.

Officers say the protesters are being peaceful. Similar movements in other cities like Oakland, California, have turned violent.

The events support an end to corporate greed and a more equitable distribution of wealth.

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