UPDATE 1:50PM EAST: ONH appears to have won a stay — more info from liaison Richard R.
A federal judge in Bridgeport ruled yesterday the city of New Haven can evict Occupy demonstrators from the New Haven Green at noon today.
Attorneys for ONH are going to try and appeal the decision this morning. According to our liaison Richard N, Occupy New Haven has some nonviolent civil disobedience planned to resist the eviction. We’ll keep you updated as we hear from folks on the ground at ONH.
From the Hartford Courant:
Earlier Monday afternoon, Kravitz ruled from U.S. District Court in Bridgeport that although the Occupiers have a right to free speech, that right must be balanced with the city’s right to regulate the use of the green. The judge noted that the Occupiers could apply for a permit to protest on the green, but he said if the city granted such a permit, the Occupiers would only be allowed to demonstrate without tents and during the day because park regulations prohibit temporary structures and use of the park in the dark. Otherwise, the Occupiers could apply for a permit to occupy another public space just as they’ve done since October on the Green — with tents, 24 hours a day, Kravitz said.
Kravitz rejected the Occupiers’ motion for a 14-day extension “to digest the decision and comply, as well as to seek appellate review if necessary,” said lawyer Kevin Smith. The city of New Haven filed a motion against the extension request.
“I’m not surprised but I think the decision was wrong,” said Occupier Ray Neal.