Nov 15, 2011 3:03am
Occupy Wall Street Protesters Cleared From Zuccotti ParkDozens of people have been arrested as the New York Police Department cleared out Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, the main camp of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
City officials tell ABC News that protesters are being ordered to leave the park — by some accounts only temporarily. Tuesday marks the two month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which quickly spread to several cities across the country and globe.
Conflicts began early Tuesday when the NYPD surrounded Zuccotti Park with officers in riot gear and broadcast by bullhorn the order for protesters to vacate the park, which was soon lit up with flood lights. Reports indicated police said they would arrest anyone who refused the order to leave.
Police officers in riot gear were seen pouring into the scene from all directions and sealing off the park. Officers backed by additional vans filled with police were driving protestors forcefully north up Broadway away from the park.
In one instance there was a scuffle with police, and one person was placed under arrest after some missiles were thrown.
At least two spots of violent clashes were reported north of Zuccotti Park, while two arrest wagons were filled with protesters at Broadway, about two blocks north of the park.