(AP) Occupy Wall Street protesters have been ordered to leave [and struck with batons and pepper spray] Zuccotti Park, their longtime encampment in Lower Manhattan. But they've been told they can return once it has been cleaned [and their computers, tents, generators, equipment, food, and everything else has been destroyed, pile into bins and carted away].
(John Taggart/NY Daily News)
At about 1:00 am Tuesday [Nov. 15, 2011], 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 [or any protection from the elements as winter descends].
Paul Browne, a spokesman for the NYPD, says most people began filing out of the park once they received the notices; one person was arrested for disorderly conduct. Brown says the park was not heavily populated Tuesday morning. More
Camp Bulldozed to "Clean" It
NEW YORK - Hundreds of New York police...dressed in riot gear, descended on the headquarters of "Occupy Wall Street" in Zuccotti Park early Tuesday, issuing protesters with eviction letters and warning they would be arrested if they remained. The officers arrived just after midnight...ordering them to temporarily evacuate the park. Campers were told [but not given the chance] to remove their tents and all their belongings... [That removal was done by special police cleaning/demolishing crews.] More
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