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CINCINNATI -- "Occupy Cincinnati" protesters marched to Cincinnati's City Hall on Wednesday, but they got a cool reception from some City Council members.Protesters say they demand that City Council remove a city law "limiting freedom of speech in public space.""Fountain Square and Piatt Place should be places where the public can gather to talk 24/7," Justin Jeffre told council members."This is a special moment in terms of assembly and protest going on across the country," Erik Crew said.The law requires people to leave parks when they close between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.So far, 241 citations have been issued in the park where protesters have been camped for nearly two weeks.
Council members Leslie Ghiz and Wayne Lippert have asked that the city enforce the law and remove the protesters from the park when it is closed."Constitutionally, time, place and manner. That's why we're allowed to say at 10 p.m., they close down. We're not saying we don't like what you're saying, we're just saying you got to leave at 10, come back at 6," Ghiz said.The council members said they would seek a no-confidence vote on City Manager Milton Dohoney if action isn't taken.Some business owners have complained that the protest is affecting their business near the park.Protesters have filed a federal lawsuit over park access, and a federal judge has issued a temporary stay on the issuing of citations."People are peaceful, it's just been real energizing and I would think that it has been for all of you, too. So, I would hope that you would protect their right to assemble," Bonnie Neumeier said.
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