URGENT: New York judge rules that ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters cannot bring tents, sleeping bags into Zuccotti Park, saying demonstrators’ First Amendment rights don’t entitle them to camp out indefinitely.
NEW YORK – Wall Street is occupied no more.
A New York City judge has upheld City Hall’s decision to evict protesters from Zuccotti Park, denying a court order issued by attorneys on their behalf, the Associated Press reports.
The eviction began early Tuesday morning when hundreds of police officers in riot gear before raided the New York City park where the Occupy Wall Street protests began, evicting and arresting dozens of protesters from what has become the epicenter of the worldwide movement with other cities, such as Dallas and London likely to follow suit.
Hours later, the National Lawyers Guild obtained a court order allowing the protesters to return with their tents to the park, where they have camped for two months. The guild said the injunction prevents the city from enforcing park rules on the protesters who are now looking for squatters rights, despite park rules banning camping overnight.
…70 Arrested, Cop Injured, Chaos Continues, Roving mobs
Finally following the lead of every city in America (we use to lead but the Ground Zero mosqueteering Mayor has relinquished that distinction among others.)
It wasn’t pretty, but it was long overdue. “A roving group of several hundred ousted protesters marched north up Centre Street after the cleanup, clashing with police who in at least one case were seen using batons on a group crossing the street in a crosswalk and with a green light. A large crowd of protesters went north and are at Foley Square.”
NYPD raiders roust Occupy rabble, 70 arrested as ‘anarchists’ resist
The NYPD arrested 70 protesters as they moved in on Zuccotti Park early this morning and began clearing out the thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters who had taken over the space for nearly two months.
More than 1,000 cops marched on the lower Manhattan encampment shortly before 1 a.m. and handed out fliers ordering demonstrators to get out and remove their personal property.
The cops were followed by Sanitation workers, one of whom was overheard saying, “We’re gonna disinfect the hell out of this place.”
The fliers read, “The city has determined that the continued occupation of Zuccotti Park poses an increasing health and fire safety hazard to those camped in the park, the city’s first responders, and to the surrounding community.
~ NOTE: I JUST heard on FNC that they will allow them back BUT no paraphernalia etc. Woosies for allowing THAT!!
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– featured image: Police officers clean up the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park in New York after ordering protesters to leave, early Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. At about 1 a.m. Tuesday, police handed out notices from the park’s owner, Brookfield Office Properties, and the city saying that the park had to be cleared because it had become unsanitary and hazardous. Protesters were told they could return, but without sleeping bags, tarps or tents. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)