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A group of Occupy Wall Street protesters in Denver have lost the first round in their lawsuit accusing police of violating their First Amendment rights by harassing and ticketing them.

A federal judge on Wednesday denied the protesters' request for a temporary restraining order against the city to halt the alleged tactics.

Seven protesters and supporters filed a lawsuit claiming 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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