Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protestors are being ousted from their Zuccotti Park encampment in New York City by hundreds of New York City police officers, who say that the camps will be returned cleaned and restored before the morning.
According to New York Times report, about 200 protestors, who stayed overnight in the park, are resisting the police move, chanting Whose park? Our park! The police began taking down the tents even as the demonstrator began building barricades with tables and pieces of wood.
Reports suggest that the police had initially gathered between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges before shifting to the park, after 1 a.m. Protestors are reported to be shouting: No retreat, no surrender, and This is our home.
The mayor's office sent out a message on Twitter, at 1:34 a.m., saying: Occupants of Zuccotti should temporarily leave and remove tents and tarps. Protestors can return after the park is cleared. By 1.45 a.m., police were seen moving through the park among the demonstrators wearing shields and helmets. Tents and other materials were removed and gathered in the sidewalk.
According to people live-tweeting from the location, demonstrators are being hit and pepper-sprayed by police officers. Reports state that the demonstrators haven't been creating disturbances that warrant the use of pepper sprays or batons.
Blocks away from Zuccotti and people are being hit and pepper sprayed by police even if they are on sidewalk, Kanishk Tharoor, a political commentator and editor at Open Democracy, tweeted moments ago.
Protestors are demanding to be informed of the legality of their eviction; the police, reportedly, did not reply to their questions.
This is really dumb of NYPD. Deliberate provocation. Big marches on 17 November will be that much more charged, Tharoor wrote.
A live video stream and integrated chat streams, from the Liberty Plaza, with feeds from social networking platforms Facebook and Twitter are available at: http://www.livestream.com/occupynyc