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Occupy Buffalo's permit for Niagara Square to expire

Occupy protest sign
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Occupy protest sign

Occupy Buffalo's permit to continue its Niagara Square encampment expires at midnight Thursday, February 2, 2012.

 It unclear what will happen after that.   Negotiations are in process, but details of the discussions are not known.

Mayor Byron Brown told reporters Tuesday afternoon the spirit of cooperation that has characterized City Hall's relationship with the protestors is also facilitating the ongoing negotiations.

"We're talking.  Obviously they feel very strongly about their movement.  We feel very strongly about maintaining their right to have their freedom of speech rights exercised," said Mayor Brown. "The Occupiers in this city have respected the city laws and regulations.  We feel comfortable this will be resolved in a very positive fashion."

Both sides met Tuesday City Hall for a two hour session, but failed to come to terms.  The Mayor said he will not announce specifics until the negotiations have finished.