Zuccotti Park was raided in the wee hours of the morning by NYPD.
- Police gave Occupiers NO time to removed their property. They moved in and started trashing everything and loading it into trucks.
- Police blocked all media and herded them into a “Press Pen”, far from the action. They also ordered TV helicopters out of the sky. At least one journalist was arrested, the NY Times’ Jared Malsin
- There have been many arrests and injuries, including Councilman Ydanis Rodriquez, who suffered a head injury at the hands of the NYPD.
- Andrew Katz reports that Foley Square will replace Zuccotti park. “No tents, just people”.
No surprise, complete with the excuse of garbage and trash Bloomberg would order the raid. After all, OWS was planning on shutting down the New York Stock Exchange.
The OWS website has a great phrase, you cannot evict an idea that's come.
It's fairly clear we have a site by site coordinated effort to disperse, discredit and dispel the Occupy movement with everything from a media campaign reporting drugs, garbage and crime exclusively to outright police raids.
Most interesting is how media was kept at bay. Salon notes a Daily News reporter is arrested:
Daily News cheers Occupy Wall Street raid, until Daily News reporter is arrested. "Bravo" says New York newspaper to NYPD eviction, just before the NYPD jails one of their own.
There are reports of at least four Journalists arrested in spite having a press pass.
The final court ruling allows protestors to stay in the park 24/7, but cannot bring in equipment, tents and camp.
Probably the most important piece of news is this is a coordinated attack on the Occupy movement. Oakland May Jean Quan spilled the beans that this is a coordinated plan by at least 18 major cities to kick around the movement.
We'll update events in the comments, and this site has live video feeds from Occupy movements around the globe.