Early Tuesday morning, officers of the New York Police Department cleared Zuccotti Park, arresting at least 200 protesters, including a local politician. City Council member Ydanis Rodriguez of northern Manhattan claims he was assaulted by police and suffered a head injury.
A spokesman for Democratic Councilman Jumaane Williams reportedly witnessed the incident, and said Rodriguez “was in a group trying to push back down Broadway toward the park after we had closed it down.”
The New York Post reported:
What do you mean I’m done? What law did I break?” screamed a man as he was arrested and marched out of the park.
“I’m an anarchist, I’m not leaving this park,” said Asa Lowe, who was binding the hands of Amina Malika, 17, and Mesiah Hameed, 16, to a tree in the center of the park.
“I don’t give a f–k what they do,” said Hameed.
The anti-greed demonstrators were told they could return to Zuccotti Park in “several hours” after it was “cleared and restored for its intended use.”
The Associated Press adds:
The National Lawyers Guild obtained a court order allowing protesters to return with tents to the park. The guild said the injunction prevents the city from enforcing park rules on Occupy Wall Street protesters.
Mayor Bloomberg said Tuesday the city knew about the order, but has not seen it.
According to the New York Daily News, the original order was signed by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lucy Billings, a 25-year veteran of the ACLU who normally handles real estate cases.
The Daily News reports:
Her involvement will be short-lived.
Court officials were scheduled to use a computer program to pick a new judge for an afternoon hearing on the restraining order — the proceeding that will determine if the tents can be erected again.
The AP also noted that about a dozen protesters chained themselves to trees, but Emergency Service officers cut the chains with portable power saws.
The park was power-washed cleaned by 9 am Eastern Time, and protesters were told they could come back, but without tents, tarps or sleeping bags.
“We’re gonna disinfect the hell out of this place,” one Sanitation worker was overheard saying.
Since the protests began on Sept 17, nearly 4,000 have been arrested nationwide, with several acounts of sexual assault, rapes and death.
“Occupy” camps in Portland and Oakland have also been cleared out.
The protests have been supported by President Obama and prominent Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi. They have also been endorsed by David Duke, the American Nazi Party, the Communist Party USA, and Islamist groups.
Guy Benson wrote at Huffington Post:
So is this the death of Occupy? My suspicion is that this is, in fact, just the beginning. What form will it take next? It may not have Zuccotti Park anymore, but it increasingly has the intellectual and emotional landscape of the American psyche.
Or, perhaps it has awakened people to the dangers posed by bands of leaderless anarchists who seek to bring socialism to America by any means necessary.
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