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Police invade Liberty Square in the middle of the night

Police have completely surrounded the park. Buses pulling up. Reports of some kind of sonic pain crowd control device on premises (people calling this "LRAD" on the Livestream chat).

1:27 a.m. Police scanner says EVERYONE is going to be swept.
1:20 a.m. Subway stops are closed.
1:20 a.m. Brooklyn bridge is closed.
1:20 a.m. Occupiers chanting "This is what a police state looks like."
1:20 a.m. Police are in riot gear.
1:20 a.m. Police are bringing in bulldozers.

Live feeds:

Global Revolution on Livestream

OccupyWallStreet feed

1:58 a.m. "Spitting pepper spray out of my mouth now."

1:59 a.m. Occupiers chanting, "You don't have to do this."

OccupyNYC feed

2:14 a.m. Cops tearing up the camp and throwing everything into "sanitation" trucks.

2:20 a.m. Flash bang (and possibly gas) grenades going off now.

2:34 a.m. From Livestream chat:

bkcitizen: Listen everybody
bkcitizen: we have just gotten a message from the people barricaded in the park
bkcitizen: for solidarity actions across the U.S and around the world. Now until November 17th
bkcitizen: Begin organizing

2:37 a.m. Everyone at the park still trapped. Livestream feed on OccupyNYC up to 20,500+ viewers.

2:48 a.m. "We're not going anywhere."

2:56 a.m. This scanner feed reporting that some of the people who were kettled at the park got out and "scattered in all directions":
NYPD Special Operations Division and Traffic (scanner feed)

3:04 a.m. Police tracking people that are moving: "They're passing Broadway and Franklin..Looks like at least 250 at this time."

3:11 a.m. Even though the fascists shut down all means of transportation to the area (subways, roads, etc.), people are still moving towards the area. Reports of an emergency GA being held in a park nearby.

3:17 a.m. David Graber on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/OccupyWallSt/status/136351680118784000
https://twitter.com/OccupyWallSt/status/136354303551078400
https://twitter.com/OccupyWallStNYC/status/136351575676436480

3:35 a.m. NYC Livestream reports that arrests have begun.

3:39 a.m. Mike check "We have reports that the people in the kitchen have been tear gassed. They are being wrestled to the ground, and are being arrested individually. They are being dragged away by their arms and legs. We are not allowed to see this. We are not allowed to witness this. This is happening right now. " "All protesters are being peaceful."

More David Graeber on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/davidgraeber/status/136350503381643264
https://twitter.com/davidgraeber/status/136350661381066752

3:52 a.m. 40,000+ viewers on Livestream

3:55 a.m. Reports (from another Livestream feed at Broadway and Pine) that tear gas was not used on the kitchen. Apparently there was a fire and someone used a fire extinguisher.

4:04 a.m. Impromptu GA being organized at Broadway and Pine.

4:08 a.m. Occupier from Zucotti being interviewed on Ustream feed: Three LRADs on trucks were used in the park. Cops chased MSM journos out of the kitchen tent, threatening to take their press passes away. Other journos barred from entering park at all.

4:12 a.m. Occupiers blocking garbage trucks from leaving the area. Cops are outnumbered in this location.

4:15 Michael Moore calling for people to gather at Bowling Green park.

Live blog at the Guardian Lots more information about the media being kept well away from the scene while people were being beaten and tear gassed.

More coverage and more evidence of police brutality at at Reuters.

According to the City this was a "cleaning", not an invasion. Fuck them.

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Submitted by jawbone on

who said the police demolished the OWS library and threw 5000 plus books, documents into trash trucks. I was having trouble sleeping and was brought wide awake with the news that tonight it's NYC's turn for the "power washing" away of protesters.

Gode move, Bloomberg: Creating the modern equivalnt of book burning?

Really, that's how you want to be known and remembered?

And, as has been done elsewhere, the Powers That Be tell lies to the public to rationalize and "explain" their violence. "Sanitation" and "safety" -- Ha, it's to keep power with no inconvenient attention being paid to those wiithout power. I've been reading stories both here in WI and elsewhere about "concern" for protesters' "safety," citizen and business owners' complaints of lewdness, drug use, fornicating in the parks, "unsanitary conditions." Sheesh.

And Sunday's NYTimes had a Tyler Cowen op-ed about the lack of discipline and work ethic which has led to this economic downturn.

The winners write the history; now is the time for those not part of that winning to write the songs.

Good video on YouTube will do until we get those songs written.

But, sawing down a tree? Was it providing shelter? Can't have that, you know.

But it rather fits, as in bringing down the Tree of Liberty. Or, the Tree of Liberty does not grow in Lower Manhattan...if Bloomie and his Tippy Top One Percenters have their way.

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Submitted by affinis on

I sent them a couple hundred dollars worth of books for that library.

Watching video, looks like police are just tossing everything into the trash compactor trucks.

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Submitted by affinis on

Info here. Scroll to "3:42 P.M. Protesters Can't Reclaim Seized Belongings Today".

At least some of the material (including books) is at a Sanitation Department garage and can be reclaimed Wednesday.

Submitted by jawbone on

I also heard that later there was an announcement that indicated not everything was being treated as disposable garbage.

And, of course, in the heat of the action, not all reports are first hand.

I'd like to know more about the tree thing -- more details, eye witnesses, etc.

What's happening on the MCM (Mainstream Corporate Media) is that the idea that the area was "unsanitary" and "unsafe" is being repeated over and over and over. On NPR this late afternoon, a reporter last name of Smith, said that for the first time since September 17th Zuccotti Square is once again "clearn." Funny thing is we know that the occupiers cleaned the place like mad on at least one well-publicized time. Funny the NPR reporter didn't know that, eh?

A WNYC reporter said that the occupiers were telling her that they were not necessarily upset about ending the overnight stays, that they could have people get there early in the morning (5 AM was mentioned) and stay until 1 AM or so. They believe the occupation has made the movement widely known and supported, and they can now move the action more easily to chosen spots.

Thoughts of any of you who've actually been down there? Or at other Occupy locations in other areas?

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Submitted by affinis on

On the "unsanitary"/"health"/"cleanliness" rationale for eviction. They tried floating that meme during the Wisconsin protests (to rationalize evicting us). We were able to undercut it pretty well. On the "cleanliness" point, we had a really well-organized cleaning crew, and cleaned fanatically every day (people were always visible mopping, etc.) and had a bunch of signs up about preserving the building and keeping it clean. Possibly even more importantly, on the "health" point - people brought in a ton of health related supplies (prominantly visible on tables). Had hand sanitizer bottles on tables and taped to walls all over the building. People were constantly being reminded to wash and sanitize their hands (e.g. at times, it was requested that each new person handling the mic disinfect hands with sanitizer). In the WI papers, there were even front page pictures of bottles of hand sanitizer taped to the wall (taped with painter's tape that wouldn't leave adhesive marks). That pretty effectively killed the meme.

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Submitted by affinis on

OWS library website - UPDATE: State of Seized Library:
"Many books destroyed. Most equipment -and structures missing. . . most of library is missing (ALL of the reference section btw), damaged or destroyed."

Greg Mitchell liveblog

11:20 Shocking, or not so shocking, Bloomberg lies: You'll recall yesterday his office refuted reports that 5000 books from People's Library at Zuccotti trashed. They said taken uptown to garage and even posted photo of some books. Today librarians went up to claim and....surprise? Find only small number of books, and most of them destroyed. Also found promised laptops--also wrecked. See report and many photos here. (BTW, 3 of my books that I wrote and donated were there. Unlawful destruction of property?)

1:55 Haunting video of Sanitation Dept. storage site where much of contents of Zuccotti Park dumped. He's a little to sanguine on library though (much of it missing or wrecked, we are told). Yes we see some drums, plenty of tents, bikes, pile of shoes, a lone guitar...

Article from The Gothamist.

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Submitted by affinis on

Video here

Also, kryptonite locks are useful.

https://twitter.com/coreykilgannon/status/136357000924770305

https://twitter.com/coreykilgannon/status/136355409232539648

https://twitter.com/coreykilgannon/status/136357634507931648

https://twitter.com/johnrbeer/status/136363955680587776

Submitted by jawbone on

symbolic of how we are being viewed by the One Percenters. We are expendable, redundant, and can be tossed away as well.

But their precious possessions? Throw the book at anyone who messes with their hot shit stuff.

An "expert" on the changing economy was on WI Public Radio recently, and he said that older workers who have lost their jobs are simply going to be a lost group, those in the working and middle classes. When asked what older meant, he said "39 or so."

We are truly being viewed as garbage that needs to be cleared away.

Damn, Soylent Green will surely be on the list of To Do's for the One Percenters. How else do they manage all those unproductive humans?

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Submitted by affinis on

The destruction of all that material might not just be utter lack of respect for the property of the 99%.

Supposedly, the generators confiscated in the first raid were available to be reclaimed. Another generator raid occured at Zuccotti a couple days ago. If the generators taken in the initial raid actually were returned to claimants, it seems likely that they would have ended up back at Zuccotti (especially for OWS generators that were specifically purchased to provide power there).

Actually destroying all the physical infrastructure (equipment, belongings, etc.) impedes effective re-occupation (at Zuccotti or elswhere) as well as other OWS actions (e.g. I'd be crippled if my computer were destroyed). Plus the material cost personal and OWS $$ to purchase and would cost $$ to replace.

Submitted by hipparchia on

"Actually destroying all the physical infrastructure (equipment, belongings, etc.) impedes effective re-occupation (at Zuccotti or elswhere) as well as other OWS actions" <---yep.

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Submitted by Roman Berry on

...and crackdowns on protests are only bad when they happen in other countries.

The rights of the 1% who are the oligarchy are not to be questioned. Who do all these proles think they are? Time to teach a lesson. Learn your place or suffer the consequences.

(The above statement is a reflection of the policy of The Money Party and its servants, the Democrats and the Republicans.)

My own statement: I'm fifty years old and seeing what they are doing to OWS in NY tonight makes me sad enough to want to cry and angry enough to want to smash something. I grew up in Selma, Alabama and the pictures coming out of Liberty Park are much like things I have seen before.

Submitted by jawbone on

way too powerful to have peaceful protests, especially when there will be the huge crowds for the Macy's parade.

Some of those parade watchers just might make their way down to the now famous location and become participants.

MUST stop that from happening.

Submitted by jawbone on

filming them. Saying they didn't want to be filmed, but they're not moving away, they're trying to stop his making this scene known.

And these people were not being filmed by him....

Feels ugly. Camera guy talking about transparency, standing his ground. That transparency in society is necessary and has been principle from Day One at Zuccotti. Mediator entering conversation.

Camera guy says there were masked people letting air out of police vehicles. Ack. But...remember when Bloomberg was so concerned about noise at night in the area? The poor neighbors, etc? Yet he has helicopters thumping away overhead, police on bullhorns (OMG! Amplified!!).

Anyway, without the video of the young women being pepper sprayed out of pure White Shirt aggression, there might not have as much support for the OWS movement.

Plus, there are people with phones videoing all the time down there.

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Submitted by affinis on

Video

And NYPD media suppression:

https://twitter.com/Faith11Art/status/136384868450967552

https://twitter.com/nemadestiny/status/136384838713348096

https://twitter.com/TallulahStarr/status/136384295320305664

https://twitter.com/coreykilgannon/status/136367035004370944

https://twitter.com/Samosata/status/136384242790834177

Guardian liveblog

8.52am / 3.52am ET: There's a lot of Twitter anger among the media in New York City about not being allowed anywhere near the eviction operation, and police ignoring press passes. There seems to be a consensus that police have made a deliberate decision to keep journalists away from the park as far as possible tonight.

8.30am / 3.30am ET: The video stream by the food tent has been cut off, but activists outside the park, speaking to those inside by phone, say arrests are beginning. Josh Harkinson, who we quoted earlier, says he is within view. He tweets: Riot cops now surrounding food tent.

8.23am / 3.23am ET: With crowds, and reporters, reportedly being kept a block away, the live video stream is more or less the only direct view into events inside the park, and it's oddly compelling. The camera just panned round to canvass views of activists huddling together, surrounded by police. "It's scary as hell but I'm not moving," one said. Another added: "I'm excited – I think the world knows what's going on."

Scott Kidder (from Gawker):
http://twitter.com/skidder/status/136340042053464065

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Submitted by affinis on

This is something that would have scared Bloomberg and the power brokers (and might have influenced the timing of the raids):

OWS - Mass non-violent day of direct action - Nov 17
See info here and here
BREAKFAST: Shut Down Wall Street - 7:00 a.m.
LUNCH: Occupy The Subways - 3:00 p.m.
DINNER: Take The Square - 5:00 p.m.

And Union backed.
Unions can help turn out huge numbers.

The AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union and the Laborers’ International Union of North America will partner with Occupy Wall Street for “We are the 99 percent” rallies on Thursday. Liberal groups like MoveOn.org and the American Dream Movement plan to participate.

More info here

Submitted by lambert on

Bloomberg

City cleaning crews in orange vests hauled away dumpsters full of the encampment’s remains.

That's the talking point: Cleaning. Very familiar rhetoric.

The one-square block space hosted a medical tent, kitchen area serving three meals a day, library, comfort station doling out underwear, sweaters, pants and blankets, and tables offering media outreach and legal guidance.

Some "remains."

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Temporary restraining order issued by Judge Lucy Billings

"It is futher ordered that until this matter is heard on the date set forth above, respondents/defendents are prohibited from
a. Evicting protesters from Zuccotti Park aka Liberty Park, exclusive of lawful arrests for criminal offenses.
b. Enforcing the 'rule' published after the occupation began or otehrwise preventing protesters from re-entering the park with tents and other property previously utilized."

Hearing on possible permanent restraining order 11:30 AM today.

Rally and GA at 9 AM today at Canal and 6th Avenue. Union leaders will be there.