Occupy NOLA loses latest round in court

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 12:50pm

NEW ORLEANS, LA (FOX8) -- Duncan Plaza will no longer be home to Occupy NOLA protesters after 10:30 Tuesday night.

Federal Judge Lance Africk ruled Tuesday afternoon that the group had to vacate the park.

For 68 days, Occupy NOLA protesters made Duncan Plaza their home. But now, they’ve been booted from the park, for good.

“Obviously we are satisfied with the court’s ruling today. We welcome Judge Africks decision today based on the facts, and the law. The courts have recognized that the first amendment can be reasonably regulated in time, place and manner,” City Attorney Richard Cortizas said.

Occupy protesters say they’re disappointed with the ruling, but they’re not giving up on their fight. Now, they’ve moved to a vacant lot in the city, there they plan to continue to raise awareness about the causes they believe in.

“We're not here just to keep the status quo, we're here to change it. And that's going to take a long time,” one protester told us.

City officials say the group can hold protests in Duncan Plaza or anywhere else they choose, as long as it happens during the hours the park is open, and they don’t erect any tents or permanent dwellings.

NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas says his officers will continue to monitor the group to make sure they’re not disturbing anyone with their protests, wherever they should be held.

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