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Occupy Las Vegas gets 90-day extension

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Leila Navidi

The sun sets at the Occupy Las Vegas camp between Paradise Road and Swenson Street south of East Naples Drive in Las Vegas on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.

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Occupy Las Vegas today was given a 90-day extension on its use of a lot between Swenson Street and Paradise Road, according to a Clark County official.

The agreement legally allows the group to occupy the space until Feb. 20, 2012, said Dan Kulin, public information officer for the county.

“I think it’s wonderful,” said Johnathan Abbinett, a member of the Occupy Las Vegas group.

Abbinett said extending the lease on the site is part of a bigger plan to occupy the site until the next election season.

“I’m feeling positive about it,” he said. “It’s a big deal.”

So far, 30 people are staying at the camp full time, while other supporters of the movement visit regularly, Abbinett said.

Occupy Las Vegas is part of the national movement that started in New York City, called Occupy Wall Street, to protest corporate greed, corporate influence in politics and the distribution of wealth in the U.S.

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