Police move on Occupy Wall Street protest in New York

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A New York City police officer scuffles with Occupy Wall Street protesters after they were evicted from Succotti Park on 15 November 2011 in New York. (Photo: AFP - Don Emmert)

Published Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Police cleared the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York early Tuesday, tearing tents down and arresting protesters, according to activists.

"Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park), home of Occupy Wall Street for the past two months and birthplace of the 99% movement that has spread across the country and around the world, is presently being evicted by a large police force," the demonstrators said in a statement.

One protester told the Occupy Wall Street online livestream that police were "arresting everyone" and "dragging people off one-by-one."

Raw footage from the raid shows police using tear gas on protesters, as hundreds of activists refused to leave Zuccotti Park.

Watch live streaming video from occupynyc at livestream.com

Police prevented the media from entering the park, with protesters forcefully dragged out, according to Occupy Wall Street's official Twitter feed.

The early morning eviction took protesters by surprise, but is only a temporary measure to allow the park to be cleaned, according to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office.

"Occupants of Zuccotti should temporarily leave and remove tents and tarps. Protestors can return after the park is cleared," the office said on the micro-blogging website Twitter.

The New York protest is the cradle of the Occupy movement that has spawned across the US, and in various other cities of the world.

Drawing inspiration from the Arab Spring that has rocked the Middle East's long-seated autocrats, American protesters have sought to challenge the nation's corporate and government elites to address economic inequality.

(al-Akhbar, AFP)


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