At approximately 1 AM today, the New York Police Department surrounded the Occupy Wall St. encampment at Zuccotti Park and are currently in the process of possibly evicting the protesters. There were no prior warnings. There are few details as of right now.
One is forced to take note that in two days, on the two month anniversary of the protests, OWS had plans to disrupt the New York Stock Exchange. The timing may be purely coincidental but it seems unlikely.
Update: Possible sighting of LRAD crowd control sonic device. It is nonlethal and is not supposed to cause any lasting damage.
Update: At least one dump truck is on the scene.
Update: The Brooklyn Bridge is closed as well as the local train stations to stop any reinforcements.
Update: NYPD destroying all of the equipment and belongings of the protesters rather then let them remove it peacefully. Just like at other destroyed camps, the object is to make resettlement more difficult.
Update 2:15 AM: OccupyNYC reporting that batons and pepper spray being utilized against peaceful protesters.
Update: Tweet from Bloomberg – “Occupants of Zuccotti should temporarily leave and remove tents and tarps. Protestors can return after the park is cleared.” Liar.
Final update for tonight: Arrests in progress, half of the camp has been dismantled and their is reportedly a march planned on City Hall.
Final Final update for tonight: Press not allowed into park and CBS helicopter ordered to leave airspace above park. You can make a weak case for keeping extra bodies out of the park, even the press, but several hundred feet above it? Bullshit. They just don’t want anybody getting a good view.