Occupy Nashville members sue over new plaza rules

Occupy Nashville members sue over new plaza rules

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Occupy Nashville protesters before they were oustered. Occupy Nashville protesters before they were oustered.

NASHVILLE (AP) - Members of Occupy Nashville have filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging new rules governing the use of the War Memorial Plaza next to the capitol.

The Tennessean reports Occupy members are asking a federal judge block enforcement of the rules that include a prohibition on camping at the plaza.

Occupy protesters who had camped out there were arrested last October.

A federal court order found the hastily drawn rules that prompted the arrests violated the protesters' First Amendment rights.

Legislators then passed a law banning camping on all state property, including the plaza.

The Wednesday lawsuit names Gov. Bill Haslam and other state officials as defendants.

Occupy Nashville members have a separate suit pending in federal court related to the October 2011 arrests.

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