Occupy Wall Street regroups after brutal ejection from Zuccotti Park

  • Published on November 15th, 2011

zuccotti park on the morning of Nov 15 - unoccupied

The sun came up this morning over a Zuccotti Park that had been scrubbed clean of the Occupation.

Meanwhile, a few blocks away, Occupy Wall Street carried on with its regular morning General Assembly, this time at Foley Square.

The park is dead, but the movement lives on.

Mayor Bloomberg says Occupy Wall Street had 2 months “with tents and sleeping bags. Now they will have to occupy the space with the power of their arguments.”

And Mayor Bloomberg will have a few things to answer for.

Here’s a summary of what went down last night:

  • Police gave Occupiers NO time to removed their property at Zuccotti Park. They moved in and started trashing everything and loading it into trucks, including tents, food, medicine, and 5,000 books in the library.
  • There have been many arrests and injuries, including Councilman Ydanis Rodriquez, who suffered a head injury at the hands of the NYPD. We also have reports of beatings and use of pepper-spray.
  • Police blocked all media and herded them into a “Press Pen”, far from the action. They also ordered TV helicopters out of the sky. At least one journalist was arrested, the NY Times’ Jared Malsin
  • Andrew Katz reports that Foley Square will replace Zuccotti park. “No tents, just people”.
  • There will be 7 am GA and 9 am rally, at 6th Avenue & Canal Street (but check to confirm – things are very fluid now).
Red Green and Blue liveblogged the events of last night; for a full minute-by-minute report, see: Occupy Wall Street – Zuccotti park under assault by NYPD.

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(Zuccotti Park picture by Michael Tracey/@mtracey)

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Jeremy Bloom is the Editor of RedGreenAndBlue. He lives in New York, where he combines his passion for the environment with his passion for film, and is working on making the world a better place.

2 comments

  • They came like thieves in the night…Bloomberg’s Blue Shirts…and robbed us of our rights, and our possessions. all the while preventing reporters from reporting on the scene. Bloomberg, the self-proclaimed number one defender of free speech (pause for gagging), said in no uncertain terms: “yes, you have the right…the right to remain silent. So just shut up and obey”. This is only the beginning dear Mayor .0001%. This WILL be your legacy- of repression. But you will NOT succeed. These mayors,, governors, city councils, police chiefs, and street cops of America need to realize that it is NOT UP TO THEM whether or not Americans peaceably gather, protest, discuss, or demonstrate. It’s up to a document called the US CONSTITUTION. You can beat us and arrest us and tear-gas us, you can try to “permit” us to death….but you can’t kill an idea. You can’t keep down a people’s hopes and dreams for a better life….for us, and for our kids. America USED to work. The people had work. The system worke (sort of). Hey, EVEN the Congress used to work (sometimes). God knows, it was far, far, far from perfect -but at least we all had some share in the struggles AND the rewards. But somewhere along the way, we lost our way. Because now we have an economy and a political system that seems to work only for the rich. With OWS America has found it’s voice, and that voice demands fairness and justice – for ALL. This land IS our land! AND WE WANT IT BACK! We want our LIVES back! We want our FUTURE back! But it’s much more than just words…. it’s much more than politics….. it’s your freakin’ LIFE, and how you want to live it, and how you WILL live it. Find a quiet place somewhere, and consider this: Each of us has only one brief life….one chance….one roll of the dice….and many choices. The time has come to choose….to risk…and to act. If not now…then when? If not you, then….who? You DO have the power my friend….and the choice IS yours. Don’t let your dreams die….

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