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.
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."
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:
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:
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.