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Cross-post: Occupy OKC files suit to stay in downtown park


Imagine 2050 Staff • Dec 03, 2011

Originally posted by Business Week on December 2nd.

 

Organizers of the Occupy OKC movement filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court seeking to prohibit Oklahoma City officials from forcing them to move out of a downtown park each night.

Five members of the group are asking a district judge to issue a temporary injunction that would prevent the city from enforcing an overnight curfew.

“We think it is very dangerous in this day and age to begin to allow restrictions on the right to peacefully assemble and our rights to free speech,” said Mark Faulk, one of the Occupy OKC organizers and a plaintiff in the suit. “Our rights do not cease between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.”

The Occupy OKC group has maintained a presence at the park in downtown Oklahoma City since Oct. 10, with several participants spending the night in tents. But city officials informed the group on Tuesday that protesters would no longer be able to occupy the park from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., beginning on Thursday.

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