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Police remove Occupy Baltimore protesters

BALTIMORE - Authorities in full riot gear were removing Occupy Baltimore protesters from a downtown plaza where they had been camped out for months early Tuesday morning. 

Baltimore City police moved into McKeldin Square at about 3:30 a.m. ET in what appeared to be a peaceful raid.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued a statement about an hour later saying the city is "committed to protecting individuals' right to protest." However, she added that the city's public parks and green areas should not be treated as a permanent campground.

City officials recently denied Occupy Baltimore's request for a permit to continue their protest in the plaza.

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