Police Occupy Wall St: Zuccotti Park Raided
Police Occupy Wall St: Zuccotti Park Raided
Police in riot gear raided Zuccotti park, site of the Occupy Wall St, in the early hours of this morning. They arrested over two hundred people, including a city councillor, in the successful effort to evict the public space of the protestors. Police took down the tents, seized sleeping bags, computer equipment and other personal goods along with the thoroughly catalogued library which is now stored in part at the sanitation department up on 56th St b/w 10th and 11th Sts.
Protestors returned to the site throughout the morning while riot police maintained a heavy presence both in the park which remained barricaded and off-limits to the public, and in the surrounding streets.
As of tonight camping in tents remains off bounds while the legal issue to do so remains in contest. The latest update comes from the East Village where several churches have opened their doors to provide protestors with overnight accommodation.
Meanwhile, some photos of today’s events with the added bonus of a link to the Occupy Occupy Wall St.
Have you been a part of any occupation or do you think that as a cause it has run its course?
Fantastic photos, Patti. You are the only journalist whose coverage I trust.
I would be a lot more optimistic if a few specific issues-plus-the-most-tentative-redresses had emerged by now, but they don’t seem to. The injustices remain. But unlike the tea party, who grabbed on to Abolish Taxes, Get out of Government — and surge forward tenaciously pushing their negative agenda —the Occupy movement’s (legitimate) grievances have not found concrete form.
Maybe negative is just intrinsically easier, I’m agin it! Down with it! The political action required in that case is obvious.
Wars are waged as media epics these days. Occupy’s opening was brilliant. But now it’s a follow-up soon, or it’s yesterday’s news.
Are you going to tell us what you think? Maybe you have something positive????????
Fantastic and very thoughtful comment for which I am most grateful, thank you! I am in the process of getting a post together on the Occupation and the overwhelming feeling of positiveness that exists down there. Yesterday morning, one of the arrested protestors asked a network interviewer, “where were you last night man?” The interviewer shook his head – developing events at Penn State ate up the week’s energy . . . Most of my information comes from people down there and I have to tell you I have met some of the most fascinating people. The Republican nomination is playing out on one hand and all I can think of is the Three Stooges, whom I adored btw but they weren’t running for office, and then there is the Occupation. Yes, you are right about it being a follow-up soon or it’s yesterday’s news but I can only think that yesterday’s events will consolidate efforts and provide enormous momentum. I am but an observer but what I have seen, heard and taken away with me is how much these people love their country. They don’t want the best for themselves, they want it for the country.
Patti, I completely agree with you. I also think they want this for the children and the children’s children. Some politicians, namely George W. never cared or thought of that when they set about to create the disaster we’re now in.
Seems to me poor old George W was so intent on settling scores from his own misguided childhood that policy became a series of slash and burn exercises. And still we pay the price . . .
patti, i think they have all made their point and its time to call it off.
Tomorrow might be the day it goes one way or the other . . .
The whole “Occupy” concept was a good one. However I do think it’s run it’s course and has been co-opted by people who want to protest for the sake of protest.
Yes, there are the regulars but time will tell if the brains trust is able to seize the developing momentum. Stay tuned!
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Thank you Frizztext.
They interviewed three people in london about why they were doing it.
They were bloody foriegners, what the hell were they camping out for, they should mind their own business and go camp in their own country.
Oh my goodness, I wonder if people are saying the same thing about me here? I have been interviewed for radio and the internet, mercifully not television!
Have they seen your face 😆
My face, the one with my hand over my mouth because of my bad teeth? Be careful what you say Harry – as bad as my teeth might be, for now, they can still leave an impression. Plus I prefer the other side of the camera!
No jokes, i went and got all my teeth taken out at the age of 22, i was fed going to the dentist to get repairs 🙂
no good to have a mayor like Bloomberg and a police trying to rob iPhones …
Great photos as usual, Patti. I was particularly struck by the photo of the well dressed woman in the yellow cab on her mobile phone. It made me think of the yuppie 80s all over again.
try to take things easy, having a breakfast near ZABAR’s!
Thank you so much and will think of you next time at Zabar’s! Meanwhile, here’s to the virtual coffee shop!
I See different kind of emotion in your slideshow Pat , So sad it is happening 🙂
Jake, it all feels so long ago now, and even more sad now than it was then. Perhaps it is just me and the way I am feeling at the moment . . . always good to see you hear and do keep up your good work!