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NYC Plow ‘Occupy’ Filth From Zuccotti Park

From a deeply saddened Associated Press:

NYPD clears park of Occupy Wall St. protesters

By COLLEEN LONG and VERENA DOBNIK – Associated Press
November 15, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of police officers in riot gear raided Zuccotti Park early Tuesday, evicting dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters from what has become the epicenter of the worldwide movement protesting corporate greed and economic inequality.

A "worldwide movement" that won’t even be a footnote to a footnote two years from now. Meanwhile, the Tea Party movment, which the news media studiously ignored and denigrated, brought about one of the largest electoral shifts in the history of our nation.

About 70 people were arrested, including some who chained themselves together, while officers cleared the park so that sanitation crews could clean it.

Protesters at the two-month-old encampment were told they come back after the cleaning, but under new tougher rules, including no tents, sleeping bags or tarps, which would effectively put an end to the encampment if enforced.

We won’t hold our breath about these rules being enforced.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement Tuesday that the evacuation was conducted in the middle of the night "to reduce the risk of confrontation in the park, and to minimize disruption to the surrounding neighborhood."

He said after the cleaning, protesters would be allowed to return but "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," Bloomberg said. "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."

Hundreds of former Zuccotti Park residents and their supporters were marching along Lower Manhattan before dawn Tuesday and threatened to block Broadway during the morning rush hour.

Others gathered near Foley Square, just blocks from Zuccotti Park, where they can’t get arrested.

Why not? In fact, Foley Square is right in front of New York County courthouse. So it would be very convenient.

Paul Browne, a spokesman for the New York Police Department, said the park had been cleared by 4:30 a.m. and that about 70 people who’d been inside it had been arrested, including a group who chained themselves together. One person was taken to a local hospital for evaluation because of breathing problems…

No wonder, given the stench down there.

Police in riot gear filled the streets, car lights flashing and sirens blaring. Protesters, some of whom shouted angrily at police, began marching to two locations in Lower Manhattan where they planned to hold rallies…

Hundreds of police officers surrounded the park in riot gear with plastic shields across their faces, holding plastic shields and batons which were used on some cases on protesters.

Police also came armed with klieg lights, which they used to flood the park, and bull horns to announce that everyone had to clear out…

Klieg lights! The Cossacks!

Notices given to the protesters said the park "poses an increasing health and fire safety hazard to those camped in the park, the city’s first responders and the surrounding community."

It’s not the park that poses the hazard. It’s the filthy protesters.

Alex Hall, 21, of Brooklyn, said police walked into the park "stepping on tents and ripping them out."

Is nothing sacred? Whatever happened to "a man’s tent is his castle"?

Before dawn, sanitation plows and trucks were lined up on Broadway ready to roll into the park and remove what was left of the debris.

"Plows." – The filth is that bad down there.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

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