Judge Blocks Eviction of Occupy Boston

Order rules out surprise raids
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2011 4:46 AM CST
Judge Blocks Eviction of Occupy Boston
Pedestrians walk along Atlantic Avenue in front of the Occupy Boston encampment in Boston yesterday.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

(Newser) – Occupy protesters are getting shoved out of their tents in cities around the country—including in the movement's Manhattan birthplace—but in Boston, they're safe for now. A judge has granted a temporary order preventing police from evicting protesters from their camp in Dewey Square, the New York Times reports. "What the plaintiffs can point to is that abridgment of First Amendment rights is irreparable harm," the judge wrote.

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Under the judge's order, police won't be allowed to launch a surprise raid on the encampment, despite the city's argument that it needs to be able to evict protesters without warning to prevent them from mobilizing. The order is in place until a hearing on Dec 1., by which time the 150 or so tents in Boston may be one of the last Occupy camps still standing. (Read more Boston stories.)

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