We're taking this as an announcement that the Auckland Council has won its quest for an injunction to evict the Occupy Auckland protesters from Aotea Square. If that is the case, we are delighted that the District Court has ruled in the Council's favour.
Stay tuned for confirmation...
UPDATE: It has indeed been confirmed that the Occupy Auckland protesters are legally required to vacate Aotea Square within 48 hours. The Herald reports:
Occupy Auckland protestors have been given 48 hours to leave their campsite at Aotea Square.
An Auckland District Court judge this morning ordered the protestors to remove all their signs and banners and move out of the campsite by Friday.
The protestors have been camping in the city centre square since October 15.
Auckland Council said it welcomed the judge's decision to grant its request for a permanent injunction on the occupation.
But it doesn't seem as though the protesters are going to go without a further fight; read on:
Occupy Auckland spokesman Chris Glenn said the movement was in the process of lodging an appeal against the ruling.
Many in the camp were resolved to stay there through Christmas despite the eviction order, he said.
"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."
Mr Glenn said the occupy 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."
We have no problem whatsoever with the right to protest. However the people of Auckland have rights too, and are being prevented from using Aotea Square for its intended purpose by an occupation that has been declared illegal by the Courts in spite of the provisions of the Bill of Rights Act.
The Occupy Auckland protesters are actually showing a form of "corporate greed" by refusing to vacate Aotea Square; isn't that "gross inequality" too?