In the most dramtic scene of the Occupy Wall Street demonstration so far, NYPD officers raided Zuccotti park over night and forced some protesters out of the area so that the grounds could be cleaned.
Some of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators who have been camping out in Lower Manhattan for the last two month left peacefully while others tried to chain themselves to trees and tents they had assembled in the park.
Cops evidently warned started the protestors in advance that they had to leave the park and that they should take their items with them so that the park could be cleaned. Those who refused, resisted or retaliated were arrested. In all nearly 200 Occupy Wall Street participants were locked up over night.
One demonstrator said the Occupy Wall Street participants “had time to get their items out, some people just didn’t do so.”
Police moved in to push the protestors out just after 1am.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg evidently sent out orders to make all of the protesters leave Zucotti Park so that the area could be professionally cleaned for the first time in months.
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Authorities said protestors would be allowed to return after the park was cleaned, however they would not he allowed to bring in tarps, tents or sleeping bags. At a press conference on Tuesday morning, Mayor Bloomberg said that a judge had evidenly issued a restraining order to keep protesters out. As a result, protesters weren’t immediately able to return the park.
Mayor Bloomberg also said that anyone who left anything inside the part could go to the city’s sanitation storage facility where they will be given the chance to sift through the garbage trucks that were used while cleaning the park. There were evidently 10 trucks in total needed to get the job done.