Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Protest Must Go on

The National Lawyers Guild said it has obtained a court order that allows Occupy Wall Street protesters to return with tents to a New York City park.
Occupy Wall Street protests

Leslie Gersing for CNBC.com

The injunction prevents the city from enforcing park rules, which were published after the Occupy Wall Street protest began.

Those rules would bar protestors from bringing tents, tarps and sleeping bags into the park.

At a morning news conference at City Hall, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city knew about the court order but had not seen it and would go to court to fight it. He said the city wants to protect people's rights, but if a choice must be made, it will protect public safety.

A hearing is scheduled for 11 am.

Zuccotti Park was cleared overnight so that crews could clean it. Bloomberg said that was done "to reduce the risk of confrontation."...Read More

He said the city had planned to allow the protesters back in the park after it was cleaned. Under the city's plans, protesters would not be allowed to use tents, sleeping bags, or tarps and would have to follow all park rules.

Protestors had been heading back to Zuccotti Park, but after the court order was issued, the city closed it again while it assesses the court order.

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