PORTLAND, Maine—Members of the Occupy Maine movement in Portland are considering seeking a permit for their encampment after meeting with city officials to discuss violence and other illegal activity.
The permit, which would be subject to council approval, would specify the number of tents, their location and the number of people that could be part of the encampment.
Deese Hamilton, a protester who participated in Monday's meeting, tells The Portland Press Herald ( http://bit.ly/uhD8Xk) a permit would help limit disruptions that have deflected attention from the group's main goal of highlighting economic inequality and corporate influence in politics.
The Lincoln Park encampment has been the site of drug use and violence, but City Manager Mark Rees says most of the problems are not caused by the people directly involved with the protest.
Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com