Is it “game over” for the Occupy Wall Street movement?
A judge in New York has just upheld the city’s “eviction” of the Occupy Wall Street protesters and the dismantling of their camp last night, ruling that the protesters’ first amendment rights don’t entitle them to camp out indefinitely in Zuccotti Park.
This evening, Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman denied a motion by the protester seeking to be allowed reentry to the park, along with their tents and sleeping bags.
Police cleared out the horde of protesters in a surprise late-night sweep early this morning. The judge upheld the city’s effective eviction of the demonstrators after an emergency appeal by the National Lawyers Guild.
The protesters have been camped out in the privately owned park since the middle of September.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg stated that he initiated the operation due to the fact that health and safety conditions had become “intolerable” in the crowded plaza.
- Breaking: Judge Stallman Rules Against Occupy Wall Street Protesters (abovethelaw.com)
- Occupy Wall Street Awaits – And Tweets – Court Ruling on Zuccotti Park Eviction (mashable.com)
- N.Y. judge rules against Occupy Wall Street protesters, upholds decision to dismantle Zuccotti Park encampment (nj.com)