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Occupy Wall Street protestors lift the fences surrounding a park near Duarte Square in an effort to occupy the space they were previously removed from weeks prior, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011.
Eight protesters with Occupy Wall Street have been convicted of misdemeanor trespassing for entering a lot owned by Trinity Church a month after the Zucotti Park encampment was dismantled.
A judge in Manhattan Criminal Court found the protesters guilty Monday after a weeklong bench trial. One of the defendants was also convicted of two other misdemeanors, attempted criminal mischief and attempted criminal possession of burglar's tools.
The defendants had been charged after a Dec. 17 incident when protesters scaled a chain-link fence or crawled under it to get to a lot to use it as a new camp site.
The original camp in Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan was shut down in November. Protesters had wanted church officials to let them occupy the church-owned property but were refused.
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