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Occupy D.C. protesters rally under a huge tent erected over a statue of Civil War Gen. James Birdseye McPherson at McPherson Square.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JEWEL SAMAD / AFP / Getty Images

Occupy D.C. protesters awaiting possible eviction pass the time overnight at McPherson Square.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETE MAROVICH / EPA

Hand-painted signs and tents dot the Occupy D.C. encampment.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETE MAROVICH / EPA

The beginning of the workday Tuesday found Occupy protesters still encamped at McPherson Square, despite a noon deadline set by the National Park Service to beging enforcing a no-camping rule.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KAREN BLEIER / AFP / Getty Images

An Occupy protester adds a sentiment to a farewell banner at Freedom Plaza.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Win McNamee / Getty Images

A masked protester at McPherson Square.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SHAWN THEW / EPA

Occupy protesters congregate at Freedom Plaza.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Win McNamee / Getty Images

A protester removes his belongings from the Occupy D.C. encampment at Freedom Plaza.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Win McNamee / Getty Images

An Occupy protester paints a sign at the McPherson Square encampment.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KAREN BLEIER / AFP / Getty Images

A statue of Civil War Gen. James B. McPherson has been modified by Occupy protesters at the McPherson Square encampment,

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KAREN BLEIER / AFP / Getty Images

The head of Gen. James B. McPherson's statue peeks above a sign at the McPherson Square Occupy encampment.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KAREN BLEIER / AFP / Getty Images

A protester holds up a confrontational sign as a park service police officer, left, walks though the Occupy D.C. McPherson Square encampment.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

Ariana Kobel and Javier Ocasio kiss as they prepare to leave the Freedom Plaza encampment.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press

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Members of one of the last major Occupy encampments are making a last-minute court effort to stave off eviction from public land in Washington.

A federal judge is hearing arguments Tuesday on a request to bar the National Park Service from enforcing a ban on camping that would affect the Occupy D.C. sites.

The ban went into effect at noon Monday at the two Occupy encampments at McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza. But protesters still remain there.

A separate request seeks to prevent the police from destroying tents and other belongings of the protesters.

The hearing takes place in U.S. District Court before Judge James Boasberg.

2 Comments

  1. February 2, 2012, 8:50 pm

    One of these captions is wrong… All wrong.

    My name is Ariana Kabel. That’s me kissing my bf at Freedom Plaza where we stay. The photographer asked me if we were leaving the camp and I told him “No.” I explained to him that we had packed up our stuff in anticipation of being harassed by police or park police. I was leaving to take a shower while Javier stayed to help organize.

    WE’RE NOT LEAVING Unless of course this movement evolves beyond the need for it.

    By: Ariana Kabel
  2. February 8, 2012, 11:50 am

    "Eviction" isn't the right word, because the protesters were and are allowed to remain in McPherson Square (as well as in the other encampment in Freedom Plaza). The Parks Police and NPS have consistently affirmed that 24-hour vigils on public land are protected. What was done was a sweep to remove bedding and other camping materials, though some tents were allowed to remain as symbols of the protest.

    By: Jamie

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