'Wall Street' merger: DC's 2 Occupy groups to merge at McPherson Square

WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington's two ongoing Occupy protests plan to merge with one group moving out of Freedom Plaza and joining protesters at McPherson Square.

The Washington Post reports the groups agreed this week to join forces.

On Friday evening, the Freedom Plaza protesters voted unanimously to approve the move. Protesters plan to move their vigil tents out of Freedom Plaza in the next week to 10 days.

Their protest permit is set to expire April 29. A spokeswoman for the National Mall and Memorial Parks says the Freedom Plaza protesters had been negotiating for a new permit.

But officials said they would have to vacate the plaza in the spring and summer for other groups that reserved the space. The groups were founded separately but advocate similar goals of economic justice.