New Orleans police broke up the Occupy NOLA camp in Duncan Plaza near City Hall early Tuesday morning. The eviction occurred just hours before a federal court judge takes up the issue of a temporary restraining order barring such an eviction.
Police started assembling shortly after 4 a.m. They set up light rigs around the plaza, secured barricades and set up a perimeter. Word spread quickly among those camped out in the plaza. People scrambled to alert their neighbors.
Officers combed through the encampment repeatedly issuing warnings, “you are in violation of the law” and “this is a move-out warning.” Reading from a script, they gave protesters 30 minutes to leave.