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People Come to Support Occupy Sydney Protesters.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Tens of people turned out outside a Sydney court in support of 14 Occupy Sydney protesters who are facing charges after Australian police repressed them during a dawn raid in October.

Protesters dressed up in tents and carrying sleeping bags and banners stood outside Downing Centre Local Court to protest against the arrests made during a dawn raid in October.

The Fourteen are facing court charges for resisting police arrest. Most of the charges were laid after police swooped on about 100 protesters in Martin Place on October 23. The group had been there for more than eight days as part of a global campaign against corporate greed, economic inequality and C* to put it into a nutshell, against capitalism.

Occupy Sydney spokesman Josh Lees said the rally outside court is to defend the freedom of speech and the right to protest.

"I was there sleeping on the morning of October 23 when the police came in at 5am and attacked us and arrested people and punched people," he said.

..."We're here to defend (those facing charges) but also to make the broader point that people should have the right to protest."

The protesters plan to launch a High Court challenge to the October 23 raid and up to 30 people continue to occupy Martin Place every night, Lees said.

"The spirit of Occupy lives on in all the different campaigns and struggles and strikes and protests we see around the world today."

About 30 people have been charged over the protests.

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Date:Dec 5, 2011
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