Demonstrations allowed during conference weekend

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    By Jeff Oliver

    Demonstrators joined conference goers Saturday, Oct. 7, and Sunday, Oct. 8, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ newly dedicated downtown plaza on Main Street.

    The demonstrators – including environmentalists, animal rights activists, homosexuals’ rights advocates and pro-life groups – expressed concern about future restrictions.

    Kim Farah, spokesperson for the LDS Church, said the church has allowed the demonstrations during conference weekend in order to avoid confrontation.

    However, the public should be assured plaza use will soon be governed by the same set of rules as Temple Square use, Farah said.

    Farah explained that this means demonstrators will no longer be allowed to set up tables or displays within plaza boundaries.

    Farah also denied rumors the plaza would be closed again in order to allow workers to apply finishing touches.

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