City by city, Occupy Movement protesters are slowly being evicted from their camping grounds.
On Tuesday, around 200 police and emergency service workers evicted dozens of people who had been staying in a public park in New Orleans for about two months. One person refused to leave and was arrested.
The New Orleans police claim that the city gave the group repeated notifications that the eviction would occur. Though the protesters have been evicted, or banned from camping overnight, they are not banned completely. According to the police chief, NOLA protesters are allowed to return to Duncan Plaza between the hours of 4:30 a.m. and 10:30p.m., when the park is open to the public.
Protesters in New Orleans aren’t the only ones who have been evicted, however. The pioneers of the movement, the Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York, were removed from their camp site about two weeks ago. Last week in Los Angeles, police arrested nearly 300 demonstrators when trying to clear an Occupy camp. In Oregon, Portland police arrested 19 people who were trying to occupy a downtown park. Evictions have been ordered in Orlando and San Diego, and last week a judge ruled that about 100 Occupy protesters could face eviction from their encampment in Seattle.
In Washington, D.C., protesters obtained a court order restricting police from carrying out a surprise eviction. On January 31, representatives of the D.C. group will appear at a hearing in front of a U.S. District Court judge.
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