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Bloomberg Orders Midnight Raid On Occupy Wall Street

Bloomberg Orders Midnight Raid On Occupy Wall Street

While most of America was asleep, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered police in riot gear to evict Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park, the home of their demonstration since September.

Once again citing issues of cleanliness and public access, Bloomberg told protesters to leave so that the park could be cleaned. Those who resisted would face arrest. There are accounts of medical volunteers and kitchen staff being forcibly arrested even as they tried to leave peacefully.

“New York City is the city where you can come and express yourself,” the mayor said. “What was happening in Zuccotti Park was not that.” He said the protesters had taken over the park, “making it unavailable to anyone else.”

Here is a reproduction of the live blog on the Occupy Wall Street website (read from the bottom for chronological order):

6:05 a.m. Liberty Square has been cleared. General assembly under way at Foley Square.
3:36 a.m. Kitchen tent reported teargassed. Police moving in with zip cuffs.
3:33 a.m. Bulldozers moving in
3:16 a.m. Occupiers linking arms around riot police
3:15 a.m. NYPD destroying personal items. Occupiers prevented from leaving with their possessions.
3:13 a.m. NYPD deploying sound cannon
3:08 a.m. heard on livestream: “they’re bringing in the hoses.”
3:05 a.m. NYPD cutting down trees in Liberty Square
2:55 a.m. NYC council-member Ydanis Rodríguez arrested and bleeding from head.
2:44 a.m. Defiant occupiers barricaded Liberty Square kitchen
2:44 a.m. NYPD destroys OWS Library. 5,000 donated books in dumpster.
2:42 a.m. Brooklyn Bridge confirmed closed
2:38 a.m. 400-500 marching north to Foley Square
2:32 a.m. All subways but R shut down
2:29 a.m. Press helicopters evicted from airspace. NYTimes reporter arrested.
2:22 a.m. Frontpage coverage from New York Times
2:15 a.m. Occupiers who have been dispersed are regrouping at Foley Square
2:10 a.m. Press barred from entering Liberty Square
2:07 a.m. Pepper spray deployed — reports of at least one reporter sprayed
2:03 a.m. Massive Police Presence at Canal and Broadway
1:43 a.m. Helicopters overhead.
1:38 a.m. Unconfirmed reports of snipers on rooftops.
1:34 a.m. CBS News Helicopter Livestream
1:27 a.m. Unconfirmed reports that police are planning to sweep everyone.
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.

So welcome to America land of the corporately-enslaved and home of the politically-selfish.

Where you’re free to assemble, but only during business hours; where you’re free to speak your mind as long as it doesn’t make anyone uncomfortable; and you’re welcome to protest corruption, civil rights violations, and oppression as long as your targets are the rich and powerful of any other country besides this one.

If you’re not angry yet, you might want to check your pulse.

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10:56AM PST on Nov 23, 2011

Well tell NYC that they are to expect 1 less person as far as a tourist.
I for one will not go to NYC for any reason until OWS is allowed to to come back to its original status. Tents sleeping bag and all. Hope NYC gets along with one less tourist.

1:16PM PST on Nov 20, 2011

Bloomberg the greedy lowlife subhuman should be immediately arrested ,tried for his crimes convicted and then HUNG !

10:58AM PST on Nov 18, 2011

You don't have to be intelligent to be the mayor of NYC, just an ignorant puppet.

3:48AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Thanks for the article.

3:07AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Mike C., Is it then your recommendation that Americans that don't have work here should move to Australia and work in the Iron mines? Theres a shortage because mining is extremely dangerous and workers have amongst the highest fatalities of any profession.

Since apparently you know how to work in the dangerous financial industry, moving jobs to China, you have a lot of credibility telling people to go work in Aussie mines.

If they can't get China and Asia workers, who are in close proximity and obviously work cheaper, there is a lot more to the story than surplus jobs.

Forget American citizens needs for jobs in America, seems to be a recurring theme for you. Since you make your money from exploiting low cost labor in China while selling in the US, one should expect no less from you I guess.

5:53PM PST on Nov 16, 2011

According to Sigurd Mareels, director of global mining for McKinsey & Co., there's a "historical shortage" of mine workers around the world. Australia, the world's largest source of iron ore and the second-largest gold producer, needs an additional 86,000 workers by 2020, according to the Minerals Council of Australia. That's on top of the current work force of 216,000. Miners in Australia – some of whom commute from the Philippines and New Zealand – make between $100,000 and $200,000 a year.
Do your homework

5:42PM PST on Nov 16, 2011

Learn from history.

In Russia, the Tsars ignored protests even as they became angrier. Eventually, it was no longer a case of people merely demanding systemic reform. They moved to overthrow the entire system. This has happened in many other nations, most recently Libya.

The choice belongs to those in power. Implement progressive systemic change to remove privilege based on wealth and protect the ecology and provide for future needs – or face increased anger and eventually, a revolt of the people.

3:45PM PST on Nov 16, 2011

@Kathy J.
I like your sentiment:
"...mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!"
It reminds of the movie from whence that line came: Network (1976) with Faye Dunaway. Peter Finch's character was the protagonist who went insane due to his treatment at the hands of the corporate elite. Eventually his character was killed by "declining ratings".

I highly recommend the movie to anyone wanting to know how and why TV is the way it is now.

2:20PM PST on Nov 16, 2011

Magdalen B., many of us have continuing debate with Diane O. and believe she is paid to slander and defame on this site. I'm a conservative and continually get called a lot of "lib" names by her that are untrue. She does not represent my conservative or Christian beliefs.

I witnessed the hate she spews in 2008 and removed myself from a local race where I was on the R ticket, unable to believe it (many and continuing lies) which I actually thought was treasonous (as a plan to undermine the presidency). That same hate is posted here by her on a regular basis.

12:06PM PST on Nov 16, 2011

This is happening to all of the Occupy demonstrations across the US. Even in tiny Eureka, CA, where I live on the lost coast, the police showed up at 4 am to evict protesters. We ALL need to stand up to repression of free speech and brutal use of force by police. Please, get a hold of your local elected representatives. We need to flood mayor's and police commissioner's inboxes with messages of support for free speech, and disapproval for violent tactics by those in power. Viva la Ocupacion!

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