The New York Police Department began clearing Zuccotti Park of Occupy Wall Street protesters about 1 a.m. Tuesday, telling the people there that the camp would be “cleared and restored” before the morning and that any demonstrator who did not leave would be arrested.
The protesters resisted with chants of “Whose park? Our park!” as the police began moving in and tearing down tents. The protesters rallied around an area known as “the kitchen” and began building barricades with tables and pieces of wood.
Officers told the demonstrators that the city had “determined that the continued occupation of Zuccotti Park poses an increasing health and fire safety hazard.”
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The Mayor says Y’all come back!
Police in New York have launched a pre-dawn operation to clear the Occupy Wall Street camp in Zuccotti Park.
The city mayor’s office said on Twitter that the protesters should “temporarily leave and remove tents and tarps” but could return once the park was clear.
Occupy Wall Street was set up in September to protests against economic inequality and had inspired dozens of similar protests around the world.
The camp in Oakland, California was cleared earlier on Monday.
The New York Times said as the police operation in Zuccotti Park began at about 01:00 (06:00), a police officer gave an announcement, saying: “The city has determined that the continued occupation of Zuccotti Park poses an increasing health and fire safety hazard”.