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Associated Press, Published November 23 2011

Anti-Wall Street protesters in Minneapolis seek court injunction

ST. PAUL — Anti-Wall Street protesters in Minneapolis are asking a federal judge to bar authorities from enforcing certain restrictions on their demonstration.

The protesters say Hennepin County's rules against having tents, using electricity, writing with chalk, or posting signs are unconstitutional and violating their rights to free speech.

Protesters have been at the Hennepin County Government Center Plaza since Oct. 7 as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement. They sued county officials, saying the government can't make up rules tailored to a particular group.

The county says the judge should not issue an injunction. In court documents, the county says it has accommodated the protesters' rights and the restrictions are reasonable. It also says no group has a First Amendment right to use the plaza as a private campground.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.