Before Judge Hears Case, New Orleans Cops Break Up Occupy NOLA Camp


New Orleans police broke up the Occupy NOLA camp near City Hall early day, just before a federal court judge takes up the issue of a temporary restraining order barring such an eviction. Police announced, “you are in violation of the law” and “this is a move-out warning,” and gave protesters 30 minutes to leave.

Dumptrucks entered the park about 6:20 a.m. and workers began throwing in tents and other belongings left by protesters. Civil liberties attorneys and legal observers watched over the eviction and attempted to act as a liaison between the two sides. They were angry that the city chose to evict the encampment just hours before a federal court judge was to hear their case for a temporary restraining order.

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