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Council to progress legal options for ending occupation

23 December 2011

Council to progress legal options for ending occupation

Auckland Council will continue to progress its legal options for ending the occupation of Aotea Square.

The Auckland District Court issued an order that the protestors should cease residing in Aotea Square, and also remove the various illegal structures. The order was served on the occupiers at 2.30pm on Wednesday, and gave them 48 hours to comply.

If the occupiers fail to cease residing at Aotea Square, and to remove the camp, Auckland Council will return to the court to seek warrants for the arrest of the occupiers for contempt of court. Due to the holidays, it is likely this hearing will take place next week.

Auckland Council will continue to work with the police and the court to action the warrants some time after that. Council cannot comment further on this process at this stage.

Auckland Council has restated its desire that the occupiers take the lead of the Occupy protests in other cities and bring the protest action to an end, returning Auckland's public spaces to the people of Auckland.

ENDS



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