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Wall Street protesters get green light

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Wall Street protesters get green light

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New York (CNN) — A New York Supreme Court ruled today that Occupy Wall Street protesters will be allowed to demonstrate in Zuccotti Park, but can’t live and sleep there with their tents and generators.
The Lower Manhattan park has been a home for the loosely defined group for nearly two months, spawning similar demonstrations in cities nationwide and around the world.
Police in riot gear cleared out the protesters early Tuesday morning, a move that attorneys for the demonstrators say was unlawful.
But Justice Michael Stallman later in the day ruled in favor of New York city officials and Brookfield Properties, owner of the park in the city’s financial district, who have raised concerns over health and sanitation issues.

The order does not prevent protesters from gathering in the park, but says their First Amendment rights not do include remaining there, “along with their tents, structures, generators, and other installations to the exclusion of the owner’s reasonable rights and duties to maintain” the area.