Thursday, April 12, 2012

Occupy Boise Offers Compromise to Temporarily Move, But Not Dismantle Demonstration

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 2:54 PM

While State of Idaho officials look to temporarily remove Occupy Boise's tents from the grounds in from of the Old Ada County Courthouse, Occupiers said they're willing to compromise, but not willing to "dismantle" their demonstration, which has been in place since last November.

The Idaho Attorney General's Office has filed a motion in federal court, asking U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill to modify a preliminary ruling from February, so that Occupy tents could be temporarily removed to fix damage caused by the demonstration. State officials said they were anxious to begin spring maintenance on the property, including weekly mowing.

Occupy Boise's General Assembly said on its website that a consensus was reached that they could move the tents to "other non-grassy areas of the Capitol Mall complex."

"It should be understood that this consensus is not a consensus to dismantle the demonstration," wrote Occupiers. "But rather to preserve the demonstration, given the constraints and requirements of the preliminary injunction entered by Judge B. Lynn Winmill."

Occupiers have until April 24 to submit a brief to Winmill in regards to the state's request to temporarily move the tents.

In February, Winmill ruled that Occupiers could not sleep or cook on the grounds, but the tents could be construed as an expression of speech and were protected by the First Amendment. He ordered attorneys representing the movement and the state to return to his court in June for further arguments.

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