Sheriff: No go for tents for Minnesota protesters

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Anti-Wall Street demonstrators who have camped for the past week outside government buildings in Minneapolis want tents. All they’re getting for now is a canopy.

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek says officials are standing firm that tents won’t be allowed for protesters occupying a plaza between the county government building and Minneapolis City Hall.

Instead, the county is allowing a temporary, 20-by-30-foot structure with a roof and no sides for people to take shelter in bad weather.

The demonstrators have mostly avoided clashing with police, but that may be tested on Saturday. They have said they plan to set up tents at 4 p.m.

Stanek says deputies won’t allow that.