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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Other than some safety issues, protesters with the "Occupy San Diego" movement have been cooperative with authorities and have a right to demonstrate, Mayor Jerry Sanders said Thursday.

At a news conference on another topic, Sanders made his first comments on the protest since they started nearly one week ago.

The loose-knit group representing a myriad of causes has been camped out in the Community Concourse between the City Administration Building, the Civic Theatre and Golden Hall since last Friday.

Their numbers have fluctuated from day-to-day, and even from morning to afternoon.

"So far, their organizers have cooperated with us," Sanders said. He said the fire marshal had them remove propane tanks and a few tents for safety reasons.

Other city officials contacted earlier this week either took a benign or supportive stance toward the protesters.

The only major incident in the nearly week-old Occupy San Diego movement was Monday, when a man either fell or jumped to his death from the eighth floor of a parking structure, landing about 20 yards from where the protest was taking place.

Kyle Wyborn Pearson faced charges of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run in connection with the June 7 death of a Caltrans worker in Imperial County. It was not known if the 42-year-old San Diego man was connected with Occupy San Diego.

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