Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Taking out the trash: Police clear OWS at New York's Zuccotti Park

Police cleared out Zuccotti Park overnight. The reason was they park had become a health and fire risk and needed cleaning. As many as 1000 police were involved and 70 people were arrested.
NEW YORK - Police arrested at least 70 protesters at New York's Zuccotti Park early Tuesday, including some who chained themselves together, while clearing the park so that sanitation crews could clean it.

Concerns about health and safety issues at Occupy Wall Street camps around the country have intensified, and protesters have been ordered to take down their shelters, adhere to curfews and relocate so that parks can be cleaned.

At about 1 a.m. Tuesday, New York City police handed out notices from Brookfield Office Properties, owner of Zuccotti Park, and the city saying that the park had to be cleared because it had become unsanitary and hazardous. Protesters were told they could return in several hours, but without sleeping bags, tarps or tents.

CBS News producer Warren Serink reports that, as of about 5 a.m. Eastern time, the police had re-opened the barricades around the park, and members of the public were allowed back in. The park was still being cleaned, and sanitation crews were on site.
Police brought in a bulldozer for the cleanup.
CBS News correspondent Manuel Gallegus reports that he and other credentialed media are being kept blocks away from the park, but he could see a bulldozer heading for the camp under police escort.

1 comment:

Da Curly Wolf said...

ahhh restraining orders. They work great. Yep they work so well against true criminals and psychotics. NOT. However against people who respect the law? Oh my yes. Lets hope the mayor tells the judge to go piss up a rope.