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Last night the city of New York evicted the Occupy Wall Street protestors from Zuccati park.
According to the NYT, "The protesters, about 200 of whom have been staying in the park overnight, initially resisted with chants of “Whose park? Our park!”
Unfortunately for them, the park has a private landlord. So, it's not really their park.
The city claimed the space had to be cleaned and this was an issue of sanitation. Officials said proterstors would be let in once the space was properly cleaned.
"The operation to clear the park had begun by the Brooklyn Bridge, where the police gathered before moving on to surround the park. The protesters rallied around an area known as the kitchen, near the middle of the park, and began putting up makeshift barricades with tables and pieces of scrap wood. Over the next two hours, dozens of protesters left the park while a core group of about 100 dug in around the food area. Many locked arms and defied police orders to leave. By 3 a.m., dozens of officers in helmets, watched over by Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, closed in on those who remained. The police pulled them out one by one and handcuffed them. Most were led out without incident."
Bloomberg sent out a statement, again echoing health and safety concerns.“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 protestors 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.”
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