Occupy NOLA is asking a federal judge to block its eviction from Duncan Plaza. Protesters want a temporary restraining order and injunction that would allow them to stay.
Many of the tents outside City Hall are gone, but a few dozen remain as protesters object to Mayor Mitch Landrieu's call to clear out the overnight encampment. Spokesman Derrick Morrison said at a news conference in front of City Hall that Landrieu has no right to order them out, many of whom are homeless with no place to go.
The Occupy New Orleans protest is being allowed to return to the city park cleared by police Tuesday morning. Eileen Fleming reports the group can stay for at least a week.
About 150 New Orleans police officers evicted the same number of protesters before dawn. The eviction came hours before a hearing was scheduled in federal court. Protesters wanted a temporary restraining order from the eviction that Mayor Mitch Landrieu was threatening to enforce. The judge said he wasn't happy that the city acted before the hearing was held.