NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – After police raided Zuccotti Park early Tuesday, demonstrators ousted from the park took to the streets.
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“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 on the Occupy Wall Street website.
Immediately after the raid, dozens of protesters made their way to Foley Square.
They distributed a flier calling for a rally at Wall Street and various subway stations.
Protesters started marching from Foley Square to City Hall. Some were chanting, others carrying signs. The marchers were escorted by a large contingent of police, who appeared to be keeping the marchers on the sidewalk.
After gathering at Foley Square, the crowd moved to Juan Pablo Duarte Square.
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CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reports protesters near the square were busted for trespassing on a vacant lot owned by Trinity Church, clearly marked private property, around noon.
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“With the occoupation, it’s a dedication, it’s an ongoing committment it’s people saying, ‘You know what, I can make a sacrifice for a greater cause,'” Matthew Ryall said.
“I think Zuccotti Park has taken on great symbolism not just for New York City but the occupations all around the country and all around the world,” Miriam Rocek said.
About 100 protesters took their movement down the center of Broadway to City Hall where police responded, ushering marchers back to the sidewalk.
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Demonstrators later returned to Zuccotti Park to await Judge Michael Stallman’s decision on whether the city acted legally in kicking them out.
During the wait, some protesters began singing in the streets while others apparently clashed with police.
Protesters had gathered in front of metal barriers and one demonstrator reached over with a large American flag, and attempted to plant it in the park. Police apparently shoved the protester out of the park. Protesters hurled expletives at the officers amid the scuffle.
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Around 5 p.m. Stallman ruled in favor of the city and Brookfield Properties saying protesters could return to the park but without their tents and overnight gear.