BANGOR — A federal judge will hear arguments in Occupy Augusta’s request to remain in a park near the Maine State House without a permit.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen this afternoon hears the activist group’s request for a court order barring the Capitol Police from requiring a permit allowing the Occupy participants to maintain a “tent city” in Capitol Park.

While smaller camping tents have been removed, two larger tents remain as a symbol of activists’ protest against what they see as uneven distribution of wealth. They also say they have a constitutionally protected right to maintain their presence there.

Last week, Occupy activists and police agreed to a standstill until the judge can rule in the case. Protesters agreed to not add to their encampment and police agreed to take no action to evict them.

Augusta and Waterville news

Get news and events from your towns in your inbox every Friday.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.