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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Little Rock police want protesters outside of the Clinton Library to clear out by 5 p.m. Tuesday or they could face a $1000 fine and possibly be arrested. Thomas says they're violating a city ordinance, but has given them a permit to use a parking lot at 4th and Ferry Streets.

    "The city manager has approved a permit authorizing the use of this parking lot for individuals," says Chief Thomas.

    Protesters haven't made a decision on whether or not they'll move. Phillip McGarry says he doesn't like the proposed location and the fact the chief didn't consult with them beforehand.

    "It's really rough blacktop, and it seemed like it would tear up the bottom of our tents," says McGarry.

    About 25 tents have been set up on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center since Friday. The smell of camping food is in the air, but Aaron Stewart says it's nothing like a family vacation.

    "Our argument is we're not just camping, this is a political statement. We have a library and I don't know anybody else who takes a library when they're camping," says Stewart.

    Katie Vandruff says they chose the Clinton Presidential Center for a reason.

    "The only symbolism of this property is that it is public property, and Occupy Wall Street is supposed to be about taking back public property," says Vandruff.

    Thomas Hudson says they represent the 99 percent of Americans who are seeing their incomes plummet, while the top one percent is seeing an increase.

    "Unbalanced income growth in the last decade. Most people have seen their income stagnate or decrease or they become unemployed all together," says Hudson.

    Standing up for what they believe in comes with the possibility of being arrested. Little Rock police are patrolling the area.

    "I'm not scared to be arrested. I believe what I stand up for is right. and if I get arrested for it, that is wrong," says Vandruff.

    Just in case it reaches that point, they wrote phone numbers to their lawyers on their arms and held a meeting to discuss what they needed to do. Some protesters say they've never been arrested before and don't know what to expect.

    "You don't know if you're going to get a good cop or a bad cop," says Hudson.

     

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