OWS Protesters Re-Populate Zuccotti, Vow To Last Test Of Time Without Creature Comforts

Judge, NYC Agree: Protesters' First Amendment Rights Don't Include Camping

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – One by one, they returned to the very place that evicted them.

Yes, “Occupy Wall Street” protesters were back at  Zuccotti Park on Tuesday night, but without their village that had tents, a library, kitchen, work groups and a medical station.

“There’s definitely a profound sense of loss and anger and sort of disbelief,” protester Jessica Lingel told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey.

A judge ruled against the OWS protesters earlier Tuesday, saying they could return to Zuccotti but without their sleeping bags, tarps and tents.

In a four-page ruling, Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman said that the protesters’ First Amendment rights didn’t entitle them to camp out in the plaza indefinitely.

VIDEO: Full News Conference With Mayor Bloomberg

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell with the judge’s ruling

Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued the following statement after the ruling:

“This morning we planned to re-open Zuccotti Park to the public, including any protestors, at approximately 8 a.m. when the cleaning was completed. The opening of the park was delayed due to legal action taken against the City, but Zuccotti Park is now open to the public. The court’s ruling vindicates our position that First Amendment rights do not include the right to endanger the public or infringe on the rights of others by taking over a public space with tents and tarps.

The City has the ultimate responsibility to protect public health and safety and we will continue to ensure that everyone can express themselves in New York City. Zuccotti Park will remain open to all who want to enjoy it, as long as they abide by the park’s rules.”

Zuccotti officially reopened shortly after 5:3o p.m., CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reported. Protesters were let back into the park after being reminded about what they couldn’t bring.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones on the judge’s decision

1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported that protesters were jubilant upon re-entering the park, giving thumbs up and waving flags.

WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reports the occupation gets a little less comfortable

For some, Tuesday morning’s raid was a punch to the gut, but for others the court’s decision was not a game-changer.

“Coming here, I’m really sad that everything is gone. It’s destroyed,” Dawn Stewart-Lookkin told Hennessey.

“One little ruling saying we can’t bring in a sleeping bag or a tent to the place isn’t going to deter anybody. This is a movement that’s much bigger,” Anup Yogi Desai added.

There are now just two ways into this movement. Police and barricades make sure of that and protesters don’t appear too happy, chanting “Take down the barricades!” on Tuesday night. Private security guards search large bags to make sure people aren’t smuggling in anything they can sleep in.

“The changes in this park? Yeah, it’s going to be difficult. I’m going to have to sit down on the ground, I might not be able to sleep here, but the spirit and the tone of the conversation has not changed,” protester Austin Hill said.

Protesters said their movement railing against corporate greed and economic inequality has been re-invigorated. Although a big challenge remains — the struggle against the elements, especially when sleeping.

“If there’s a will there’s a way,” Yvette Vigo said, adding she’s prepared to tough it out without the supplies. “Yeah, I guess so. It’s worth it.”

But others plan on coming back Wednesday.

“Folks are e-mailing in saying I have room for 75 people in Rockaway, N.J. I have room for 12 people in Brooklyn,” protester Julien Harrison said.

The lights that have returned remind us of the park’s altered landscape, but the spirit so far is unchanged.

“There will be challenges, but when you’re trying to change what we’re trying to change, it’s going to be an ongoing struggle,” Cheryl Parry said.

Police raided the park overnight, clearing out demonstrators who have been camped there for nearly two months.

PHOTOS: NYPD Raid On Zuccotti Park

Earlier Tuesday, Bloomberg said protesters were evicted from the park because “the safety and health conditions became intolerable.” “Unfortunately, the park was becoming a place where people came not to protest, but rather to break laws, and in some cases, to harm others,” Bloomberg said.

EXTRA: Brookfield Properties Full Statement

In a statement released Tuesday, the owners of the park, Brookfield Properties, said it too wanted the park cleared because it “had become dangerous, unhealthy and unsafe.”

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sean Adams at Zuccotti Park

“In our view, these risks were unacceptable and it would have been irresponsible to not request that the City take action,” Brookfield said.

WATCH: CBS2’s Kristin Thorne On Protesters Surrounding Zuccotti Park

About 1,000 officers in riot gear moved in around 1 a.m. Tuesday after warning demonstrators to clear out.

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A man is confronted by New York Police Department officers as New York City officials clear the 'Occupy Wall Street' protest from Zuccotti Park in the early morning hours of November 15, 2011 in New York. (Photo STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Once officers evicted the protesters, sanitation workers began to clear the park of the tents and other items left behind.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ John Montone reports

“This action was taken at this time of day to reduce the risk of confrontation in the park, and to minimize disruption to the surrounding neighborhood,” Bloomberg said. “Now they will have to occupy the space with the power of their arguments.”

On the ground, one protestor streamed live video of police piling up everything left behind in the park.

Most of the demonstrators left peacefully, but others did not.  One group of protesters tied themselves with rope to a nearby tree.

“We’re peacefully protesting and were exercising our First Amendment right to peacefully protest,” said one demonstrator. “Look at how they’re treating us. They’re treating us like were some sort of violent people.”

Bloomberg said around 200 people were arrested. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said about 142 of those arrested were in the park and another 50 or 60 were in the streets nearby.

Kelly also said officers “showed an awful lot of restraint” during the raid and said police gave protesters 45 minutes to gather their belongings and leave before entering the park.

He said demonstrators were given until 3:30 a.m. to leave voluntarily before officers began making arrests.

Police spokesman Paul Browne said Zuccotti Park was completely cleared by 4:30 a.m.

EXTRA: Read The Court Order | Read The City’s Response

Not all city lawmakers are on the same page. Council Member Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) issued a statement Tuesday morning about the raid.

“Given the NYPD’s sneaky tactics early on, I am not surprised by the NYPD’s efforts to use the cloak of night as a shield for their brazen violation of the First Amendment. I expected this would happen; I just did not know when. This violent raid of Zuccotti Park was clearly a coordinated effort to subvert a peaceful protest at Occupy Wall Street,” Williams said.

New York State Sen. Liz Krueger also issued a statement.

“I am very disturbed that the City’s approach to dealing with the ‘health and fire safety’ issues raised by the Zuccotti protest was a surprise ambush in the middle of the night,” Krueger said. “Physically forcing people out of the park or leaving them to face arrest, with no notice or warning, is not a commitment to civil rights and it certainly was not the right way to handle this situation.”

The New York Civil Liberties Union also condemned the raid.

“The eviction of protesters from Zuccotti Park was not about public health. Rousting hundreds of peaceful protesters from their tents in the dead of night amid a media blackout doesn’t promote public safety – it endangers it,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said in a statement.

The city says the tents, blankets and other items left behind will not be thrown away. Instead, they are being sent to the Department of Sanitation garage on the west side.

The following protocols have been set in place for anyone wanting to claim personal property that was removed from Zuccotti. From Wednesday through Friday anyone wishing to claim property should go to the Department of Sanitation’s Manhattan District 7 Garage located on West 56th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. To gain access to the garage to claim your property, you should present valid photo identification. You will be asked to fill out a claim form regarding your property and provide any proof you may have that the items you are claiming should be returned you.

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  • Osamas Pajamas


    A couple of months ago I began referring to OhBummer as a pathological flea, inasmuch as the majority of Americans see him as a bloodsucking fraud and a dishonest propagandist.

    About a week ago I bumped into a blog comment referring to the Occupy Wall Street gang as “the flea party” and I warned the author that I would STEAL his ingenious reference and use it wherever it could inflict the most damage on the enemies of the American taxpayers.

    More recently still, my favorite columnist, Ann Coulter [she a Christian and myself an atheist], published a column entitled “WINGLESS, BLOODSUCKING AND PARASITIC: MEET THE FLEA PARTY!” at her anncoulterdotorg website.

    Clearly, things have gotten out of hand. This prairie fire of flea-mongers is raging out of control, wherever you turn. ~:<)

    It's a lot more people than just "the rich" who despise OhBummer and his rioting foot soldiers.

    The Fleabaggers in OhBummer's Flea Party [Occupy Wall Street and its metastasized little cancers in other cities] are the ideological blackshirts, brownshirts, redshirts and no-shirt thugs tasked and directed in their riots by OhBummer allies Michael Moore, David Astroturf Axelrod, and Van Jones, by MoveOn.org, the SEIU, the Huffington Post, and OhBummer's former employer, ACORN — and, naturally — by Barak Hussein Hushpuppy Hoover OhBummer, himself — with a cameo appearance by dopehead rugmuncher Roseanne Barr-The-Beheader.

    Oh, the corporations! Oh, the banks! Oh, BOO HOO! Most of these demonstrators and rioters have a wind-up key sticking out of the middle of their backs with OhBummer's fingerprints all over it. He pooped all over their brains and they LOVED it, crying, "Oh! Oh! More poo, please! More poo!"

    This so-called "spontaneous, leaderless civil unrest" is a White House operation, conceived in the bowels of Barak Hushpuppy OhBummer's fetid little mind — while he sat ruminating in the bowels of the White House, while evacuating his bowels — and enacted by OhBummer's chosen proxies, surrogates, cronies, and confederates.

    OhBummer and the OhBummer Wrecking Crew have been promoting envy [mental illness] and trying to shift blame to "Greedy Wall Street" and away from themselves — they who are what novelist Ayn Rand called "greedy for the unearned."

    I advocate that the police shoot and kill every one of OhBummer's rioting troops who obstructs traffic or trespasses on private property or in any way threatens or attempts to intimidate any of their critics or their intended victims.

    Yes. These are the lying, arrogant, GREEDY-FOR-THE-UNEARNED, bloodsxcking, tax-eating Democrat hoods, thugs, and gangsters. I advocate and I seek their destruction.

    There are still approximately 120 million privately-employed nongovernment taxpayers in America today, and while this pathological flea, Barak Hushpuppy OhBummer, and his minions, are promoting street riots, I advocate that all 120 million of these privately-employed taxpayers stage a riot on the bridge of OhBummer's nose. That skunk wants race riots and class-warfare riots — and he should get a riot that will make history.

    $ $ $ $ $

    Meanwhile, back at the hacienda…. In 2008, the top 1% of earners paid more than 38% of all Federal income taxes. Check this out at ntudotorg, "who pays income taxes."

    And so to the President of the United States of America and to the so-called "99-percenters" in OhBummer's street-gang Fleabaggers who claim victimhood — go blow smoke up your own axxes.

  • sgeilt

    OWS INTENTIONS are fraudulent. That is what is inexcusable. If their intentions were clear and forthright this would not be happening to them. And you cannot ask an adult to look the other way over and over when he knows fraud is involved.
    FRAUD as a profession, belongs in the White House, and Congress, not in a People’s park. COMMUNISM AND SOCIALISM are fraudulent means to a supposed social good. If you do not understand that, you either cant read or you are a fraud yourself.

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