It was a showdown between the cops and the protesters early this morning. And in true Occupy Wall Street fashion, everything was recorded. Here's a rundown of how it all went down.
1. Around 1 a.m. on Tuesday morning, police in riot gear appeared at Zuccotti Park. And, according to occupywallst.org, at 1:20 am., police brought in bulldozers and riot gear:
2. Around 2:30 a.m., evicted protesters, numbering in the range of 400-500, according to occupywallst.org, march north to Foley Square. Street arrests occur:
6 a.m.: The full-on clean-up begins by city workers:
4. 8 a.m.: Mayor Bloomberg holds a press conference at City Hall. “The First Amendment protects speech. It doesn’t protect the use of tents and sleeping bags to take over a public space. Protesters have had two months to occupy the park with tents and sleeping bags. Now they will have to occupy the space with the power of their arguments.”
5. 10 a.m.: Some protesters attempt to return from camping out over night at Duarte Square, a city park on Canal and Avenue of the Americas, while others come from Foley Square. Confusion based on the court order reigns.