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Federal judge orders TN to stop arresting Occupy Nashville protesters | Activist News

Federal judge orders TN to stop arresting Occupy Nashville protesters

The Tennessean
Oct. 31, 2011
By Brandon Gee 

A federal judge granted a temporary restraining order today requiring the state to stop enforcing a hastily drawn up policy that set a curfew for gatherings at Legislative Plaza and resulted in about 50 arrests of Occupy Nashville protesters.

Local attorneys and the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee filed a lawsuit this morning against Gov. Bill Haslam and other state officials and requested a temporary restraining order to prevent any further arrests. U.S. District Judge Aleta A. Trauger granted the request. The state did not object to the restraining order and agreed to work out its differences with protesters.

After tolerating the protest for three weeks, Haslam approved a crackdown on demonstrators last week, citing safety and sanitation concerns at the plaza. The state instituted a new use policy for Legislative Plaza that included a curfew and permit requirements.

Full Article Here – http://www.tennessean.com/article/20111031/NEWS03/111031013/Federal-judge-orders-TN-stop-arresting-Occupy-Nashville-protesters?odyssey=mod

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