A judge upheld New York City's legal justification for evicting Occupy Wall Street protesters from a park on Tuesday after police in riot gear broke up a two-month-old demonstration against economic inequality.
Protesters were allowed to return but Justice Michael Stallman found the city, at least for now, can ban them from camping in tents and sleeping bags at Zuccotti Park between Wall Street and the World Trade Center reconstruction site in lower Manhattan.
As a fellow protester read the judge's decision from a Twitter feed, Julietta Salgado and her friend Tajh Sutton, both Brooklyn College students, embraced and cried.
"It's just a snag," Salgado said, her eyes rimmed with tears. "Every time they beat us down, we come back stronger."
Police removed barricades at two points, letting people back in one by one. Shortly after dark, several hundred protesters were in the park under a light drizzle as hundreds more waited for a chance to get in.
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Read the NY Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman's ruling HERE.