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Occupy New Zealand Camps Raided By Authorities After Court Ruling

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A protestor guards his tent to prevent security moving him at Aotea Square on January 23, 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
A protestor guards his tent to prevent security moving him at Aotea Square on January 23, 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Authorities have effectively shut down the Occupy movement in New Zealand's largest city after more than 100 days of protest.

Auckland Council officers and police Monday confiscated cars, tents and camping gear from more than 50 protesters at four sites in Auckland. The raid came after a local court ruled authorities could remove property from people who were illegally camping.

Police arrested three people in Aotea Square during the raids.

Occupy encampments remain in other New Zealand cities. Protesters in this country joined the movement that began last September in New York as a protest against social and financial inequality.

Auckland Council spokesman Glyn Walters said protesters can return to the sites but are no longer allowed to camp there.

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