Octagon protesters offered compromise deal

Protesters occupying Dunedin's Octagon have been offered a deal that would allow them to remain indefinitely.

The compromise would see the Occupy Dunedin encampment reduced to just one tent and an information kiosk, but with both - and any protesters who wished - allowed to remain on a "long-term'' basis.

The offer was contained in a letter from Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull delivered to protesters this afternoon.

Protesters spoken to by the Otago Daily Times shortly afterwards said nobody on site could speak for the group, but the offer would be considered last night.

The move came two days after council staff issued protesters with trespass notices on Tuesday, warning they were in breach of council bylaws and setting an 8pm deadline to quit their encampment.

The protesters ignored the demand and have refused to budge, while police were still considering their legal position yesterday before deciding whether to act.

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