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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Police and Occupy Wall Street protesters clash at New York park where movement began six months ago

The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) folks are back invading and occupying Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan and many were arrested as things got ugly. Zuccotti Park is a bad choice of a place to occupy because it's privately owned and the OWS folks have no right to occupy somebody else's property. In 'Occupy' situations involving public owned property, cities have clarified the rules; they can show up, protest,hand out fliers, give speeches etc. but they just can't move in and live there.
On the six-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, protesters swarmed its birthplace –Zuccotti Park – again sparking the cat-and-mouse clashes between New York City police officers and demonstrators. The sweep of the park by police just before midnight capped a day of demonstrations and marching in lower Manhattan. There was no official word on the number of arrests but dozens of people were handcuffed and led out of the park...New York Police Det. Brian Sessa said the tipping point came when the protesters started breaking the park rules...'They set up tents. They had sleeping bags,' he told the Associated Press. Electrical boxes also were tampered with and there was evidence of graffiti. Det. Sessa said Brookfield Properties, the park owner, sent in security to advise the protesters to stop pitching tents and to leave the park. The protesters, in turn, became agitated with them. The company then asked the police to help them clear out the park, the detective said.
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