A Suffolk Superior Court judge on Thursday said that Occupy Boston protesters may remain in the city's Dewey Square while a state court ponders whether it will lift a court order that bars their eviction.

According to Bloomberg, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Frances McIntyre has allowed the order to stay in place until she makes a decision on or before Dec. 15.

McIntyre has heard testimony from the city's fire marshal noting that the square is a firetrap because of the cigarette smoking, close quarters and flammable materials, Bloomberg reported.

People need to be removed from that site immediately if the court allows, Boston Fire Marshal Bart Shea testified. Every day that place is occupied, I fear for the life and safety of everyone on that property.

Occupy Boston grew out of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York, which is a protest against inequality. That protest has spread nationally and internationally.

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