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Moving Day for Occupy New Haven

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Occupy New Haven tents on the city green. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Occupy New Haven tents on the city green. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Occupy New Haven activists are facing a deadline to leave the city Green, but they’ll head to federal court first to try to stop city officials from evicting them.

City officials say the group has until noon Wednesday to leave. They also say Wednesday will be the last day tents and other structures will be allowed.

A hearing is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday in federal court in Bridgeport. Lawyers for the Occupy group say the activists’ free speech rights are at stake, and they’re seeking a court order barring any eviction.

City officials said Tuesday night that the group fails to recognize that the New Haven Green is a public space for all and the activists are essentially seeking to have the Green declared their own private property.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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