Several protesters calling for more funding to fight AIDS have been arrested after forming a human chain near City Hall.
The tarps and tents may be gone but the Occupy Wall Street concert series at Zuccotti Park is still going strong.
Occupy Wall Street protesters say they’re getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with music performances and meals for 5,000 people.
The heaviest financial burden has fallen upon law enforcement agencies tasked with monitoring marches and evicting protesters from outdoor camps. And the steepest costs by far piled up in New York City and Oakland, Calif., where police clashed with protesters on several occasions.
About two dozen Occupy Wall Street protesters are expected to arrive in Washington after a two-week march from Zuccotti Park.
The loud but largely peaceful march near Wall Street to mark the two-month anniversary of the movement occasionally descended into violent clashes. Around 300 people were arrested throughout the day.
More than 100 people have been arrested and there’s been some pushing and shoving between Occupy Wall Street protesters who launched their “Day of Action” this morning in lower Manhattan.
It’s not over yet. In fact, it may be just beginning. New York City leaders are warning that thousands of protesters could converge on Manhattan on Thursday. The NYPD is now getting ready for the next stage of “Occupy Wall Street” protests.
Numerous tents, books and other possessions were also recovered by sanitation workers and police officers during the raid.
A judge ruled against the Occupy Wall Street protesters on 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.
After weeks of alternately defending the right to free speech at Zuccotti, Park Mayor Michael Bloomberg finally cracked down.
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly had been running regular drills every single night in lower Manhattan, but on Monday night/Tuesday morning the practice drill suddenly became the real thing.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the journalists were among 200 who were arrested following the raid.
“This movement can’t be contained in one square block in lower Manhattan. It is bigger than that. You can’t evict an idea whose time had come,” read a message posted on the Occupy Wall Street website.
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