Just in time for Christmas, an Auckland District Court judge this morning ordered the Occupy Auckland protestors to remove all their signs and banners and move out of their campsite by Friday.
Huddled into damp tents, Auckland’s legion of ‘Occupiers’ wanted to see a change in the way society rewards the 1 percent at the expense of the 99 percent – no small ask.
The protestors have been camping out at Aotea Square since October 15.
They have been given 48 hours to leave their campsite. But many have resolved to stay until Christmas.
Auckland Council said it welcomed the judge's decision to grant its request for a permanent injunction on the occupation.
Aotea Square fills up every lunch break with residents and visitors alike chowing down on sushi and sandwiches. Camping in the square breaches a city bylaw.
Occupy Auckland spokesman Chris Glenn told the New Zealand Herald the movement was in the process of lodging an appeal against the ruling.
"As far as we're concerned it's business as usual. We're continuing to protest against corporate greed and gross inequality in our society."
Glenn said the protestors had always expected to face legal obstacles and were expecting to win their appeal.
"It's important we don't limit the rights of people to protest."