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DENVER – More than two dozen occupy protestors showed up Saturday night to voice concerns over a proposed outdoor camping ban set to go before Denver’s City Council on Monday.

The proposal would require a permit for people to sleep outside on Denver public property, a move some see as an attack against the homeless.

Denver City Council is set to discuss the measure when they meet Monday evening.

“There’s just not nearly enough shelters,” said Evan Howard, one of the protestors who showed up despite the cold weather and sometimes heavy rain.

Occupy Denver is already scheduling another protest to take place on City Hall steps on Monday, just hours before the council is set to consider the camping ban. Those in favor of the measure have often argued the increase in the homeless population could be driving away business to downtown Denver.