Skip to comments.Under siege from coast to coast, Occupy camps now losing battles in court
Posted on 11/16/2011 12:05:17 PM PST by SmithL
To think it started out so peacefully. But with frustrations running high more than a month after the Occupy movement took root across the country, encampments are falling like dominoes as authorities over the past few days have been raiding and clearing out tent cities from New York and Texas to Oakland and Berkeley.
Now, the battleground is moving from the public square to the courtroom, as protesters seek legal help to resurrect the tents and, in the process, maintain the leaderless movement that has been increasingly marred by violence and confrontation.
Behind the scenes, police chiefs and mayors from the Left Coast to the Big Apple have been quietly sharing strategies in conference calls on how to peacefully roust the occupiers from their camps while waging the legal fight that public safety trumps First Amendment rights.
And so far, they're winning that battle.
The latest, and perhaps most high-profile, legal loss for the Occupy movement came Tuesday, when a New York judge refused to let the protesters return to the Zuccotti Park plaza -- the birthplace of the Occupy Wall Street movement -- with their tents and sleeping bags, leaving intact Mayor Michael Bloomberg's move to sweep them out early Tuesday because of threatening health and safety conditions.
"Every mayor said it started out much more respectfully, with better conditions, and it's all degenerated,"
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Not on the graphic: vermin are still stinking up Legislative Plaza here in Nashville. First attmept to roust them judically failed.
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Here in Richmond, VA the occupiers got the boot from Kinawha Plaza and are staying in the front yard (by invitation) next door to the Mayors house! Who’s a dem!!
It was never intended to be peaceful. It was meant to plant the seeds of real revolution.
Aren’t occupiers supposed to be seen, not smelled?
The West Bank isn’t “occupied.” Israel conquered it from Jordan and Jordan said it didn’t want it back.
No country in the world - outside of Israel - sees it that way, and no country recognizes Israeli ownership of it.
Military occupation, it is