A federal judge on Wednesday denied the protesters' request for a temporary restraining order against the city to halt the alleged tactics.
The request stems from a lawsuit filed by seven protesters and supporters. They claim police and other officials are trying to silence them because they don't like their anti-Wall Street message.
The judge hasn't ruled on the lawsuit itself, only the protesters' request for the restraining order.
City lawyers say police aren't targeting the protesters and have been careful to respect the First Amendment. The city says police have closed downtown streets for marches even though protesters had no permit.
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