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Minneapolis protesters defy tent ban with clear tents

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Anti-Wall Street protesters who are occupying a government plaza in Minneapolis have set up tents in defiance of a county ban.

The protesters set up clear plastic tents Saturday afternoon. Authorities had said tents wouldn't be allowed because they're a public-safety risk, so the protesters say they "opted for transparency" by using see-through tents.

A WCCO-TV report says none of the tent-making protesters was immediately arrested.

Authorities said Friday if they saw protesters putting up a tent they'd ask the demonstrators to stop. If the protester declined, authorities said police would take down the tent and return it at a later date.

In one concession, the county did allow a temporary 20-by-30-foot structure with a roof and no sides for people to take shelter in bad weather.