Late Monday night, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg instructed NYPD officers to evict Occupy Wall Street demonstrators from their encampment at Zuccotti Park.
Police dressed in riot gear raided the protest in around 2 am Tuesday morning, forcibly removing protesters and volunteers and destroying their personal property.
Hours later, the National Lawyers Guild obtained a court order allowing Occupy Wall Street protesters to return with tents to the park. The guild said the injunction prevents the city from enforcing park rules on Occupy Wall Street protesters.
At a morning news conference at City Hall, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city knew about the court order but had not seen it and would go to court to fight it. He said the city wants to protect people’s rights, but if a choice must be made, it will protect public safety.
Since that time, 11 members of the New York City Council issued the below written statement condemning the actions of Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD.
The statement acknowledges that the violence perpetrated against the protesters will only fuel the fire for change, and that all 11 of the signers will join in the massive march and national action planned for November 17th.
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Photo of letter via Occupy Marines