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Tue December 6, 2011
Occupy NOLA Wins Restraining Order After Eviction
The Occupy New Orleans protest is being allowed to return to the city park cleared by police Tuesday morning. Eileen Fleming reports the group can stay for at least a week.
About 150 New Orleans police officers evicted the same number of protesters before dawn. The eviction came hours before a hearing was scheduled in federal court. Protesters wanted a temporary restraining order from the eviction that Mayor Mitch Landrieu was threatening to enforce. The judge said he wasn't happy that the city acted before the hearing was held.
Lawyers for the Occupy New Orleans group, which is linked to the national movement against economic inequality, say it could be the first case so far that allows an encampment to return after an eviction. The order forbids setting up electrical cords that the city says pose safety concerns.