Breaking – Police raid Zuccotti Park


Police in Riot Gear Raid Zuccotti Park, Order Protesters to Vacate

Hundreds of police officers, some in riot gear, descended on Zuccotti Park after midnight Tuesday in a surprise sweep of the Occupy Wall Street headquarters.

It comes just two days ahead of a massive planned demonstration Thursday marking the movement’s two-month anniversary.

Police handed out letters to protesters ordering them to temporarily evacuate the park. Police said the eviction will improve health conditions.

Campers were ordered to remove all their tents. Police claimed it was a health issue.

Protesters were told they will be allowed to return to the park in several hours, after the park is inspected, but without their property, which will be brought to a sanitation garage.



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Aftermath (Via NYT):



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75 Responses to Breaking – Police raid Zuccotti Park

  1. HELENK says:

    MORE: NYC mayor’s office orders protesters out of Zuccotti Park, says they can return – AP

    I brought this up. It does not make good sense, why would the mayor tell them they can return????

  2. myiq2xu says:

    The guy with the live stream camera needs to back up and hold it steady.

    The whole world is watching a blurry pile of shit.

  3. HELENK says:

    maybe it just me but that repeating thing they do , sickens me. It is just a form of control.
    It is like they can not think for themselves. The education system and the parenting seems to have failed in the critical thinking teaching

    • Loup-loup garou says:

      It’s not just you. No matter how many times they explain that it’s just a way to make sure that every speaker can be heard, it still comes across as creepy as hell.

  4. myiq2xu says:

    I can see them removing tents.

    There are lots of cops and firetrucks. Lots of pushing, shoving and yelling.

  5. myiq2xu says:

    They are definitely clearing the park.

  6. myiq2xu says:

    Here come the sanitation trucks to haul everything away.

  7. myiq2xu says:

    More drama queens at Zuccotti than on Broadway.

  8. myiq2xu says:

    Here comes the tear gas

  9. myiq2xu says:

    The cops are just throwing everything into a big pile.

  10. DandyTiger says:

    The police clearly don’t “get it”

  11. myiq2xu says:

    There are a lot of pretentious MF’s in the live stream chat thread.

  12. HELENK says:

    weren’t these idiots given fair warning to get their stuff and go, earlier in the day? They chose not to do so. Now they are whining about the stuff being tossed and how much it cost.

  13. myiq2xu says:

    If the cops really wanted to freak people out they would block all cell phone and wifi traffic from the area.

    “ZOMG, they’re killing people!!!”

  14. DandyTiger says:

    Send them all to marine boot camp. Builds character.

  15. HELENK says:

    http://twitter.com/#!/JoshHarkinson

    owies block dump truck on Broadway

  16. myiq2xu says:

    Some lady is telling the cops “We live here.”

    Yeah, but not legally.

  17. myiq2xu says:

    The cops have a bunch of them surrounded and I think the final battle is about to take place.

  18. myiq2xu says:

    The protesters are saying the cops have shut down roads, bridges and subways to prevent reinforcements from joining the party.

    Well Duh!

  19. HELENK says:

    Penn Station is going to be hell in the morning rush hour.

    NJT RR

    LI RR

    AMTRAK RR

    METRO NORTH RR

    and then there is Grand Central Station

    Even if they shut down the subways, the trains should run

  20. myiq2xu says:

    Here come more cops.

  21. myiq2xu says:

    Guardian:

    The video stream by the food tent has been cut off, but activists outside the park, speaking to those inside by phone, say arrests are beginning.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Police have used tear gas to remove the last protesters from the park, according to various reports. Josh Harkinson, again, appears closest to the action. He tweeted:

      The riot police moved in with zip cuffs and teargassed the occupiers in the food tent

      Then they wrestled them to the ground and cuffed them

      He then says he was ordered to leave by police, despite saying he was a member of the media. All press had to go a press pen, officers told him. There doesn’t appear to be any media access to the final removals of protesters.

    • myiq2xu says:

      I’ve just received very useful this round-up of tonight’s events from Ryan Devereaux, a reporter for Democracy Now, filing for the Guardian. He writes:

      Hundreds of officers with the New York City Police Department descended on the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Lower Manhattan late this evening. At approximately 1.00am protesters say the NYPD set up emergency vehicles around the park and turned on massive flood lights. Scores of officers in riot gear began entering the park and handing out notices of eviction. Protesters say there was little time to respond the department’s orders to disperse. Several hundred of the demonstrators rallied around the park’s central eating area.

      With roughly 200 protesters collected in the kitchen space, police and sanitation workers began tearing down tents and any standing structures around the park. Protester’s belongings were thrown into massive piles then loaded into large trucks.

      Media were repeatedly directed away from the square and eventually confined to a metal pen at the far end of the block. Police buses were later parked in front of the pen, blocking clear shots of the park.

      Meanwhile in the kitchen area six protesters reportedly used bicycle locks to chain themselves together by the neck. The demonstrators gathered at the centre of the park were free to leave but chose to stay, forming seated columns with their arms locked.

      A mass of police officers began to gather around the kitchen area to begin arresting the remaining protesters. Reports from inside indicated the arrests were orderly and non-violent, but some protesters and press who managed to leave the area reported that they saw officers beating and stepping on demonstrators.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Mayor Bloomberg has issued a statement on the eviction. It’s fairly long but worth running in full:

      At one o’clock this morning, the New York City Police Department and the owners of Zuccotti Park notified protesters in the park that they had to immediately remove tents, sleeping bags and other belongings, and must follow the park rules if they wished to continue to use it to protest. Many protesters peacefully complied and left. At Brookfield’s request, members of the NYPD and Sanitation Department assisted in removing any remaining tents and sleeping bags. This action was taken at this time of day to reduce the risk of confrontation in the park, and to minimize disruption to the surrounding neighbourhood.

      Protesters were asked to temporarily leave the park while this occurred, and have been told that they will be free to return to the park once Brookfield finishes cleaning it later morning. Protesters – and the general public – are welcome there to exercise their First Amendment rights, and otherwise enjoy the park, but will not be allowed to use tents, sleeping bags, or tarps and, going forward, must follow all park rules.

      The law that created Zuccotti Park required that it be open for the public to enjoy for passive recreation 24 hours a day. Ever since the occupation began, that law has not been complied with, as the park has been taken over by protesters, making it unavailable to anyone else.

      From the beginning, I have said that the City had two principal goals: guaranteeing public health and safety, and guaranteeing the protesters’ First Amendment rights.

      But when those two goals clash, the health and safety of the public and our first responders must be the priority.

      That is why, several weeks ago the City acted to remove generators and fuel that posed a fire hazard from the park.

      I have become increasingly concerned – as had the park’s owner, Brookfield Properties – that the occupation was coming to pose a health and fire safety hazard to the protesters and to the surrounding community. We have been in constant contact with Brookfield and yesterday they requested that the City assist it in enforcing the no sleeping and camping rules in the park. But make no mistake – the final decision to act was mine.

      The park had become covered in tents and tarps, making it next to impossible to safely navigate for the public, and for first responders who are responsible for guaranteeing public safety. The dangers posed were evident last week when an EMT [emergency medical technician] was injured as protesters attempted to prevent him and several police officers from helping a mentally ill man who was menacing others. As an increasing number of large tents and other structures have been erected, these dangers have increased. It has become increasingly difficult even to monitor activity in the park to protect the protesters and the public, and the proliferation of tents and other obstructions has created an increasing fire hazard that had to be addressed.

      Some have argued to allow the protesters to stay in the park indefinitely – others have suggested we just wait for winter and hope the cold weather drove the protesters away – but inaction was not an option. I could not wait for someone in the park to get killed or to injure another first responder before acting. Others have cautioned against action because enforcing our laws might be used by some protesters as a pretext for violence – but we must never be afraid to insist on compliance with our laws.

      Unfortunately, the park was becoming a place where people came not to protest, but rather to break laws, and in some cases, to harm others. There have been reports of businesses being threatened and complaints about noise and unsanitary conditions that have seriously impacted the quality of life for residents and businesses in this now-thriving neighbourhood. The majority of protesters have been peaceful and responsible. But an unfortunate minority have not been – and as the number of protesters has grown, this has created an intolerable situation.

      No right is absolute and with every right comes responsibilities. The First Amendment gives every New Yorker the right to speak out – but it does not give anyone the right to sleep in a park or otherwise take it over to the exclusion of others – nor does it permit anyone in our society to live outside the law. There is no ambiguity in the law here – the First Amendment protects speech – it does not protect the use of tents and sleeping bags to take over a public space.

      Protesters have had two months to occupy the park with tents and sleeping bags. Now they will have to occupy the space with the power of their arguments.

      Let me conclude by thanking the NYPD, FDNY, and the Department of Sanitation for their professionalism earlier this morning. Thank you.

      • DandyTiger says:

        …as the park has been taken over by protesters, making it unavailable to anyone else.

        Anyone else? If they’re the 99%, there isn’t anyone else. /snark

      • Betty says:

        The mayor tells us about a emt being harmed, business be harmed, but no mention of the assaults on women.

  22. myiq2xu says:

    Okay, all the live streams have stopped.

    I’m gonna try to get some sleep.

  23. 1539days says:

    Owies have become a liability to Obama, so he’s giving mayors the green light to oust them.

    I don’t mean that OWS is effective, just that they’re a bunch of murderous freaks who Obama stupidly started identifying with.

    • Lulu says:

      Yes. Now he will try to distance himself from them but it may be too late. The polling must have been bad and all Democrats were about to take a hit. They also kept saying labor was about to start marching with them and shit but never visably showed except for contingents of SEIU agitators roaming around at various sites. Big labor must have said no dice we do not want to be associated with children with entitlement issues. OWS became farce and even more deadly-BORING.

    • Mary says:

      Bout damm time! Bloomberg must have had so many complaints from citizens that he just couldn’t justify it anymore.

      • Lulu says:

        “The protesters’ ouster came less than a day after the movement announced plans for a series of disruptive protests outside the Stock Exchange and throughout the subway system.

        Hours before today’s massive operation began, Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano and other officials secretly convened at City Hall to OK the move, sources said.” http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/nypd_raiders_roust_rabble_Dp5jSkaFLwGXYElqsxsWjO/1

        They were getting ready to disrupt the entire city.

        • DandyTiger says:

          Yep, once you start straying from the OFA script, you will be stopped. Sorry kids, it was a scam and you just got a dose of reality.

          Protest to your hearts content. Disrupt. Whatever. Just have some coherent principles please. Otherwise you look like idiots.

          And by the way idiots, Wall Street is just a symbol and only reflects the entire societies greed. Dig deeper, use your brains, and figure out what a message should be and what to really protest if what you don’t like is economic inequality. You can do it. Put that thinking cap on.

  24. myiq2xu says:

    Someone at *another blog* is concerned about where the poor protesters will go now.

    How about home?

  25. DandyTiger says:

    A group who claims to be the founders of the movement say it might be time to declare victory. Just when the going gets tough, the movement’s going to go home and cry, er, I mean celebrate their big win.

    http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/15/occupy-movement-could-declare-victory-and-scale-back-camps-founder-suggests/

  26. DandyTiger says:

    Ha, we’ll probably hear from them that this was a good thing and did them a favor in getting rid of the freeloaders and the less that pure among the true 99%. And that now the real, pure 99% can get back to their efforts.

    I think I liked the rhetoric of this movement better in the original german.

  27. myiq2xu says:

    Guardian:

    8.23am ET / 1.23pm GMT: Here’s a link to that court order. A full hearing is scheduled for 11.30am.

    8.13am ET / 1.13pm GMT: Lawyers for the Occupy Wall Street protesters have obtained an early-morning restraining order that prevents the city authorities and the owners of Zuccotti Park from evicting protesters from Zuccotti Park. According to the New York Times, the order also prevents the authorities from preventing protesters from returning to Zuccotti Park. The city is also barred from “enforcing ‘rules’ published after occupation began,” according to the Times. The order was issued by judge Lucy Billings of the state supreme court.

    It’s a TRO and only good until a hearing scheduled for 11:30 this morning.

    • DandyTiger says:

      #facepalm

      So now OWS is the man. They are in charge and make the rules. So who’s going to protest the evil oppressive OWS?

    • DandyTiger says:

      So if they don’t win, the police can clear any who have returned in the mean time. Oh boy, it’s a fun game now.

    • Lulu says:

      But didn’t they already clear the cesspit and pour 3000 gallons of bleach on everything. It appears OWS (no leadership or money-snark) has a law firm on retainer and the restraining order is kind of after the fact and without the city being represented. Enforcing rules published after occupation began does not trump state and local law which they have been violating. The city busted it up because they were going to target the subways and all hell was going to break loose when people could not go to work or get home. Again OWS sees their own “rights” coming before everyone elses.

  28. votermom says:

    myiq – I have a post scheduled – you can change the time on it if you like.

  29. yttik says:

    I’m really disappointed with some of our city mayors and city councils. You have to be clear about enforcing the law and set an expectation of good behavior. You can not pass resolutions supporting these people, then raid their camp, then apologize and let them come back, then send in the police, then criticize the police for doing their jobs. That’s just poor leadership.

    • Lulu says:

      Since these mayors all seem to be acting in similar ways on a similar timeline, you have to wonder where the orders are coming from. They are acting incompetently in sync.

    • votermom says:

      It’s seems to me to be the powers that be telling them to let them stay.
      Hm, I don’t have a tinfoil post for today, but that’s my theory.

      • Lulu says:

        I do not think it is tinfoil. It is a simple matter of comparing what each did and when and comparing. Analysis is not conspiracy searching but rather addressing the obvious. Screaming conspiracy theory is just another way of shouting down and diverting attention. These mayors have jeopardized their cities and their careers.

  30. myiq2xu says:

    Fresh Zuccotti thread up!

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