Nov 24, 2011 at 8:30 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A federal judge says anti-Wall Street protesters in Minneapolis will be able to affix signs and posters to the plaza outside the Hennepin County Government Center, but he denied their request to use tents or sleep on the plaza without law enforcement interference.
The protesters say Hennepin County's rules against having tents, using electricity, writing with chalk, or posting signs are unconstitutional and are violating their free speech rights.
But Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle sided with the county, saying the restrictions are reasonable.
Kyle ordered both sides into settlement talks.
The county has said it is being respectful of protesters' First Amendment rights, but the plaza is not a campground.
Protesters have been at the downtown Minneapolis plaza since Oct. 7.