The New York Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a temporary restraining order that barred New York City from evicting "Occupy Wall Street" protesters from Zuccotti Park. Tents and other structures will no longer be allowed in the park. Protesters
November 15, 2011

The New York Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a temporary restraining order that barred New York City from evicting "Occupy Wall Street" protesters from Zuccotti Park.

Tents and other structures will no longer be allowed in the park. Protesters will be permitted back into the park under restrictive circumstances.

A temporary restraining order issued by Judge Lucy Billings in the immediate hours after park evictions early Tuesday morning said that the city was "prohibited from: "(a) Evicting protesters from Zuccotti Park and/or (b) Enforcing the “rules” published after the occupation began or otherwise preventing protesters from re-entering the park with tents and other property previously utilized."

At a press conference Tuesday morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that protesters would not be allowed back into the park until the city had a chance to review that ruling.

By 5 p.m. ET, New York Supreme Court Justice Michael D. Stallman had decided not to extend that restraining order.

"The Court is mindful of movants' First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and peaceable assembly," Stallman wrote in his ruling. "However, '[e]ven protected speech is not equally permissible in all places at all times.' ... Here, movants have not demonstrated that the rules adopted by the owners of the property, concededly after the demonstrations began, are not reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions permitted under the First Amendment."

"The movants have not demonstrated that they have a First Amendment right to remain in Zuccotti Park, along with their tents, structures, generators, and other installations to the exclusion of the owner's reasonable rights and duties to maintain Zuccotti Park, or to the rights of public access of others who might wish use the space safely. Neither have the applicants shown right to a temporary restraining order that would restrict the City's enforcement of law so as to promote public health and safety."

Occupy Wall Street lawyer Yetta Kurland vowed that the protests would continue.

"Win lose or draw the 99% will continue to show up, continue their protest," Kurland said, according to Alternet's Sarah Jaffe.

CNN said late Tuesday that some protesters were returning to the park, but expected to police to react if they tried stay overnight.

Can you help us out?

For 18 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.

Discussion

We are currently migrating to Disqus

On May 14, 2022, we started migrating our comments from Insticator back to Disqus. During this transition period, some posts will have Insticator and some Disqus. For more information on the transition, as well as information regarding old C&L accounts, please see this post.


We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service for information on our posting policy.