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    How Zuccotti Park protest camp was cleared


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    How Zuccotti Park protest camp was cleared

    Post by Mr007 on Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:40 pm

    A man is escorted by a New York Police Department officer as New York City sanitation workers clear Zuccotti Park Protesters were told to take their belongings and leave
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    It was early in the morning on Tuesday in Lower Manhattan when New York police began the process of evicting the Occupy Wall Street protesters who had been camping at Zuccotti Park for nearly two months.

    They were woken up at 01:00 (06:00 GMT) and ordered to leave, before hundreds of police began dismantling tents and removing property.

    Leaflets were handed out saying the park had to be cleared because it had become unsanitary and hazardous. Any belongings left behind would be put into storage.

    Protesters were told they could return in several hours after the park had been cleaned up, but without camping equipment.

    The police seem to have taken the demonstrators by surprise: "I was dead asleep. Then I was like, oh man, there was cops kicking the tents and people yelling 'this is not a drill!'" Mutsukai Iroppoi, 22, told the AFP news agency.

    "They gave us about 20 minutes to get our things together," protester Sam Wood told Reuters news agency.

    Another protester, Timothy Fitzgerald, told the BBC World Service's World Today programme:

    "They just turned up, they didn't make any effort to communicate with us ahead of time. They rallied in secret along the waterfront, on South Street, and they just kind of rolled in with all of their equipment, dozens of lighting trucks and probably several hundred cops."

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