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Formerly known as Stop the Machine, the Occupy Washington D.C. protesters have been in Freedom Plaza since October.
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Formerly known as Stop the Machine, the Occupy Washington D.C. protesters have been in Freedom Plaza since October.

The protesters who've pitched tents in Washington's Freedom Plaza since October have been issued a permit to extend their stay into the new year.

National Park Service spokeswoman Carol Johnson says the group originally known as Stop the Machine filed an application for a new permit which runs from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28.

The group now calls itself Occupy Washington D.C. Documents claim the group is protesting corporate greed and the continued presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Their current permit expires Dec. 30. There's a similar, larger protest encampment a few blocks away in McPherson Square called Occupy DC.

Johnson says a permit has also been issued to the National Center for Public Policy Research for a counter-protest from Feb. 12-March 15.

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