Occupy Wall Street protesters planned to take back Zuccotti Park when an NYC court ruled in favor of Mayor Bloomberg, making the OWS ousting permanent and undoing a temporary restraining order against NYPD interference.
As Occupy protesters take to the streets to protest the ruling on Thursday, relive the day after the early morning police raid: Demonstrators marching to Canal Street, occupying Duarte Park, and moving to re-enter Zuccotti Park, which the Occupy movement had renamed Liberty Square.
Day of Action
Foley Square was supposed to be the site of a day of action on Nov. 15, a celebration of two months spent camping out in New York City's Zuccotti Park. Nov. 15 was supposed to be the day demonstrators' raucous activity truly managed to shut down Wall Street.
Instead, Occupy protesters will forever remember Nov. 15 as the day they were roused from their tents in the earliest hours of the morning, driven out of their encampment by police, and made to watch on the sidelines as the NYPD unceremoniously destroyed all vestiges of the protests, from garden plots to a public library holding some 5,000 books.
We Occupy To Liberate.
To make up for the destruction of Occupy Wall Street's camp, protesters launched a series of counter-moves against Bloomberg and the NYPD, from a brief stint at Foley to a march down to Duarte Park and an attempt to get back into Liberty Square.
Demonstrators spent the entire day adapting and adjusting and even mutating to suit the needs of the moment, making split calls allowable by the same lack of cohesion the Occupy movement has been slammed for in the past. But the secret of the Occupy Wall Street movement is exactly that same lack of cohesion, for it allows the protests to do something crucial: change.
We move forward in the grand tradition of the transformative social movements that have defined American history, Occupy Wall Street organizers said in an official statement on their web site. Today we are stronger than we were yesterday. Tomorrow we will be stronger still. We are breaking free of the fear that constricts and confines us. We occupy to liberate.
Below, see photos of the protesters and hear their stories, both of the early morning raid and the future of OWS and of their own reasons for joining the worldwide protest movement.