Zuccotti Park Retaken By NYPD

Zuccotti Park, pre-Occupation. Photo: Tony (CC)

Zuccotti Park, pre-Occupation. Photo: Tony (CC)

So it’s finally happened. Breaking news (and so likely to change as the day goes on), reported by the New York Times:

Hundreds of police officers early Tuesday cleared the park in Lower Manhattan that had been the nexus of the Occupy Wall Street movement, arresting dozens of people there after warning that the nearly two-month-old camp would be “cleared and restored” but that demonstrators who did not leave would face arrest.

The protesters, about 200 of whom have been staying in the park overnight, initially resisted with chants of “Whose park? Our park!”

The massive operation in and around Zuccotti Park was intended to empty the birthplace of a protest movement that has inspired hundreds of tent cities from coast to coast. On Monday in Oakland, Calif., hundreds of police officers raided the main encampment there, arresting 33 people. Protesters returned later in the day. But the Oakland police said no one would be allowed to sleep there anymore, and promised to clear a second camp nearby.

The police action was quickly challenged as lawyers for the protesters obtained a temporary restraining order barring the city and the park’s private landlord from evicting protesters or removing their belongings. It was not immediately clear how the city would respond. The judge, Justice Lucy Billings of State Supreme Court Judge in Manhattan, scheduled a hearing for later Tuesday.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who scheduled a news conference for Tuesday morning, had issued a statement explaining the reasoning behind the sweep. “The law that created Zuccotti Park required that it be open for the public to enjoy for passive recreation 24 hours a day,” the mayor said in the statement. “Every since the occupation began, that law has not been complied with” because the protesters had taken over the park, “making it unavailable to anyone else.”…

[continues in the New York Times]

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  • dumbsaint
  • Anonymous

    http://www.ustream.tv/TheOther99 These guys have been streaming since the eviction. been going like 8 hours.

  • StanChaz

    They came like thieves in the night…Bloomberg’s Blue Shirts…and robbed us of our rights, and our possessions. All the while preventing reporters from reporting on the scene. Bloomberg, the self-proclaimed number one defender of free speech (pause for gagging), said in no uncertain terms: “yes, you have the right…the right to remain silent. So just shut up and obey”. This is only the beginning dear Mayor .0001%. This WILL be your legacy- of repression. But you will NOT succeed. These mayors, governors, city councils, police chiefs, and street cops of America need to realize that it is NOT UP TO THEM whether or not Americans peaceably gather, protest, discuss, or demonstrate. It’s up to a document called the US CONSTITUTION. You can beat us and arrest us and tear-gas us, you can try to “permit” us to death….but you can’t kill an idea. You can’t keep down a people’s hopes and dreams for a better life….for us, and for our kids. America USED to work. The people had work. The system worke (sort of). Hey, EVEN the Congress used to work (sometimes). God knows, it was far, far, far from perfect -but at least we all had some share in the struggles AND the rewards. But somewhere along the way, we lost our way. Because now we have an economy and a political system that seems to work only for the rich. With OWS America has found it’s voice, and that voice demands fairness and justice – for ALL. This land IS our land! AND WE WANT IT BACK! We want our LIVES back! We want our FUTURE back! But it’s much more than just words…. it’s much more than politics….. it’s your freakin’ LIFE, and how you want to live it, and how you WILL live it. Find a quiet place somewhere, and consider this: Each of us has only one brief life….one chance….one roll of the dice….and many choices. The time has come to choose….to risk…and to act. If not now…then when? If not you, then….who? You DO have the power my friend….and the choice IS yours. Don’t let your dreams die…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stan-Chaz/100002015710670 Stan Chaz

    They came like thieves in the night…Bloomberg’s Blue Shirts…and robbed us of our rights, and our possessions. All the while preventing reporters from reporting on the scene. Bloomberg, the self-proclaimed number one defender of free speech (pause for gagging), said in no uncertain terms: “yes, you have the right…the right to remain silent. So just shut up and obey”. This is only the beginning dear Mayor .0001%. This WILL be your legacy- of repression. But you will NOT succeed. These mayors, governors, city councils, police chiefs, and street cops of America need to realize that it is NOT UP TO THEM whether or not Americans peaceably gather, protest, discuss, or demonstrate. It’s up to a document called the US CONSTITUTION. You can beat us and arrest us and tear-gas us, you can try to “permit” us to death….but you can’t kill an idea. You can’t keep down a people’s hopes and dreams for a better life….for us, and for our kids. America USED to work. The people had work. The system worke (sort of). Hey, EVEN the Congress used to work (sometimes). God knows, it was far, far, far from perfect -but at least we all had some share in the struggles AND the rewards. But somewhere along the way, we lost our way. Because now we have an economy and a political system that seems to work only for the rich. With OWS America has found it’s voice, and that voice demands fairness and justice – for ALL. This land IS our land! AND WE WANT IT BACK! We want our LIVES back! We want our FUTURE back! But it’s much more than just words…. it’s much more than politics….. it’s your freakin’ LIFE, and how you want to live it, and how you WILL live it. Find a quiet place somewhere, and consider this: Each of us has only one brief life….one chance….one roll of the dice….and many choices. The time has come to choose….to risk…and to act. If not now…then when? If not you, then….who? You DO have the power my friend….and the choice IS yours. Don’t let your dreams die…

  • I Will it to be

    Excellent news!
    Confront them with annihilation, and they will then survive; plunge then into a deadly situation, and they will then live. When people fall into danger, they are then able to strive for victory.

    Sun Tzu

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8RCQDDsMpU

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=3_gst-Ryh3g&feature=fvwp

  • I Will it to be

    Excellent news!
    Confront them with annihilation, and they will then survive; plunge then into a deadly situation, and they will then live. When people fall into danger, they are then able to strive for victory.

    Sun Tzu

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8RCQDDsMpU

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=3_gst-Ryh3g&feature=fvwp

  • Anonymous

    As if acting on urgent orders from the top 1% of the 1% that actually runs this country, police forces in cities across the country acted in unison to attempt to put an end to the Occupy Movement. In a manner similar to how homeless people are “made invisible” before the Olympics come to town, police forces have made it their priority to treat freedom and justice loving Americans like trash, tearing down tents, confiscating belongings and fencing off our cities, just in time for Christmas! Even worse, they do to us exactly what the 1% deserves to have done to them; beatings with batons, torture by pepper spray and sound weapons, demonization by propagandist news media, etc. This shouldn’t come as a surprise because it takes ruthlessness, cunning, obsessive self-interest and complete assholery to join the 1% in the first place. However they have a weakness: arrogance and a tendency to over-reach because they’re so used to getting their way. Why else would they think that destroying a few campsites magically make an international movement disappear rather than stir the hornet’s nest , which is what they accomplished. They may succeed in temporarily hiding ironic symbols of the movement (for it is the money junkies doing the true occupying) but as long as the same bullshit system continues and more and more people see it for what it is, the Occupy Movement will continue to grow. We may not be camping out at the park every night but we will do everything we can every day of our lives to bring down the 1%. We are not like any movement they have dealt with in the past. We are capable of rapid mass mobilization with decentralized leadership as well as autonomous action. We can communicate and self-educate more effectively than before. We can carry out creative tactics they can’t predict and have no effective ways to combat. We’re too large for them to stereotype and demonize (though they will try). In reality, we can be anyone. The 1%, on the other hand are quite easy to identify. Piss off too many of us and even gated communities won’t keep them safe. They can run to other countries but couldn’t live the lavish lifestyles they’re used to. After all, the 99% in every other part of the world has even more of a reason to be pissed off than the 99% in the U.S. We are legion, and we will make the 1% do what they hate doing most: pay.

  • Anonymous

    As if acting on urgent orders from the top 1% of the 1% that actually runs this country, police forces in cities across the country acted in unison to attempt to put an end to the Occupy Movement. In a manner similar to how homeless people are “made invisible” before the Olympics come to town, police forces have made it their priority to treat freedom and justice loving Americans like trash, tearing down tents, confiscating belongings and fencing off our cities, just in time for Christmas! Even worse, they do to us exactly what the 1% deserves to have done to them; beatings with batons, torture by pepper spray and sound weapons, demonization by propagandist news media, etc. This shouldn’t come as a surprise because it takes ruthlessness, cunning, obsessive self-interest and complete assholery to join the 1% in the first place. However they have a weakness: arrogance and a tendency to over-reach because they’re so used to getting their way. Why else would they think that destroying a few campsites magically make an international movement disappear rather than stir the hornet’s nest , which is what they accomplished. They may succeed in temporarily hiding ironic symbols of the movement (for it is the money junkies doing the true occupying) but as long as the same bullshit system continues and more and more people see it for what it is, the Occupy Movement will continue to grow. We may not be camping out at the park every night but we will do everything we can every day of our lives to bring down the 1%. We are not like any movement they have dealt with in the past. We are capable of rapid mass mobilization with decentralized leadership as well as autonomous action. We can communicate and self-educate more effectively than before. We can carry out creative tactics they can’t predict and have no effective ways to combat. We’re too large for them to stereotype and demonize (though they will try). In reality, we can be anyone. The 1%, on the other hand are quite easy to identify. Piss off too many of us and even gated communities won’t keep them safe. They can run to other countries but couldn’t live the lavish lifestyles they’re used to. After all, the 99% in every other part of the world has even more of a reason to be pissed off than the 99% in the U.S. We are legion, and we will make the 1% do what they hate doing most: pay.

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