Shortly before the ball dropped in Times Square, hundreds of protesters swarmed over the unprepared police presence at Zuccotti Park. You will recall that Bloomberg’s Army, the NYPD, forcefully removed the encampment for “safety and health” reasons and has since barricaded the entire PUBLIC park to keep any occupiers from returning.
So much for that. The police tried to hold the line with unconfirmed arrests and confirmed pepper spray to no avail. The protesters knocked the barricades down and stacked them high enough to stand above the crowd. The police have pulled back presumably since they do not have enough manpower to clear the park.
And yes, the drum circle is back and so is the OWS “bat signal”.
There’s the start of your New Year 1%. The 99% haven’t gone away and they’re just getting started.
UPDATE 12:35 AM: The crowd has left Zuccotti before the police were able to rally and are currently marching on Broadway. One protester was seen carrying a piece of the metal barricade over his head.
UPDATE 12:45 AM: The police have finally mobilized. Attempting to corral the spontaneous march from the park.
UPDATE 12:50 AM: The impromptu march walked down to the WTC construction site and circled back to Zuccotti Park. There is a significant police presence. Batons are drawn and mounted police are present. No riot gear as yet.
UPDATE 1:12 AM: The motorized scooter cops are attempting to herd the protesters with predictable results. Several people knocked over. Wouldn’t I get arrested for doing that?
Watch Ustream recordings here:http://www.ustream.tv/timcast

Shortly before the ball dropped in Times Square, hundreds of protesters swarmed over the unprepared police presence at Zuccotti Park. You will recall that Bloomberg’s Army, the NYPD, forcefully removed the encampment for “safety and health” reasons and has since barricaded the entire PUBLIC park to keep any occupiers from returning.

So much for that. The police tried to hold the line with unconfirmed arrests and confirmed pepper spray to no avail. The protesters knocked the barricades down and stacked them high enough to stand above the crowd. The police have pulled back presumably since they do not have enough manpower to clear the park.

And yes, the drum circle is back and so is the OWS “bat signal”.

There’s the start of your New Year 1%. The 99% haven’t gone away and they’re just getting started.

UPDATE 12:35 AM: The crowd has left Zuccotti before the police were able to rally and are currently marching on Broadway. One protester was seen carrying a piece of the metal barricade over his head.

UPDATE 12:45 AM: The police have finally mobilized. Attempting to corral the spontaneous march from the park.

UPDATE 12:50 AM: The impromptu march walked down to the WTC construction site and circled back to Zuccotti Park. There is a significant police presence. Batons are drawn and mounted police are present. No riot gear as yet.

UPDATE 1:12 AM: The motorized scooter cops are attempting to herd the protesters with predictable results. Several people knocked over. Wouldn’t I get arrested for doing that?

Watch Ustream recordings here:
http://www.ustream.tv/timcast

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Reports of beatings, lost teeth, arrests, people being pushed down.

People are confused and unsure why police raided the park. 

Update: Hundreds of NYPD storm Zuccotti for a single man who was pushing fences.

Video of him being taken away, bloodied, by NYPD:



The entire raid seems to have been to arrest a single man (Brendan “Romania”), whom the NYPD tackled to the ground, whereupon he sustained a serious cut to the head.  Multiple witnesses claimed he was repeatedly “beat down” and “stomped.”   His pants and boots were ripped off. Live stream showed evidence of his clothes strewn about and blood splatters.

A crowd of several hundred protesters marched from Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan to the New York Stock Exchange a few blocks away on Thursday as Occupy Wall Street demonstrators across the country promised mass gatherings to mark the movement’s two-month anniversary.

Lines of helmeted police, some on horseback, blocked every approach to the financial district in New York. Several streets in the area were closed.

The demonstrators chanted “Shut down wall street!’ and carried signs, such as “Tax Wall Street” and “Why Wait for Permission to Claim Freedom? Occupy Your Mind.”

Police said about 75 were arrested, including a woman in a wheelchair who was trying to block traffic. There was some minor scuffling as those arrested refused to walk and were carried away.

Protesters had to break into two groups as they encountered police at each intersection leading to the exchange. Broadway was closed because of snarling traffic.

Most New York Stock Exchange workers reported little difficulty getting into the building. Workers had to pass through checkpoints to reach the building on Broad Street, and trading began on time.

As thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters took to the streets on Thursday, journalists once again found themselves a target of police violence and arrests.

Reporters took to Twitter and, in some cases, to television to spread the word of the heavy hand police were using against them. It appeared to be a repeat of a similar scene two days earlier, when journalists were roughed up and arrested as the NYPD forcibly cleared the Occupy Wall Street encampment in lower Manhattan.

Lucy Kafanov, a reporter for the RT television network, said she was hit with a police baton while trying to film the protests. She told another reporter for her network that she had her press credentials clearly visible, but was still struck. She also said that she witnessed another reporter from the IndyMedia network being “slammed against the wall” and arrested.

"It does not seem police are making a distinction between press and protesters," she said. Other journalists reported similar incidents.

"Saw NYPD hitting a man with a nightstick. Tried to take a picture but police grabbed me and shoved me across the street," DNAInfo editor Julie Shapiro tweeted. “The NYPD just slammed a barricade into a photographer,” another report read.

The Daily Caller also said that two of its reporters were “assaulted” with batons.

Josh Stearns, a member of media reform group Free Press who has been tracking the arrests of journalists at Occupy movements, estimates that 26 have been arrested in total since the protests began two months ago. On Thursday, that number looked set to grow substantially, as reports of arrests poured in. Baltimore reporter Ryan Harvey and In These Times writer J.A. Meyerson — were reportedly arrested.

In addition, a picture said to be of Keith Gessen, editor of n+1 magazine, being held on the ground by police was tweeted. Gessen and two other journalists were later said to have been arrested, and video footage emerged of Gessen being taken away by police. His case was somewhat different than the others, though, since he appeared to be participating in civil disobedience. He later made a statement to a local ABC station explaining why he had participated in the protests.

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thedailywhat:
Second Occupy Wall Street News Update of the Day: A New York Supreme Court Justice has reversed the restraining order requiring the city to allow Occupy Wall Street protesters and their tents to return to Zuccotti Park.
Justice Michael D. Stallman ruled against extending the order issued earlier today by Supreme Court Judge Lucy Billings, who was later revealed to be a former long-time ACLU lawyer.
“The court is mindful of movants’ First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and peaceable assembly,” Judge Stallman wrote in his ruling. “[But] even protected speech is not equally permissible in all places and at all times.”
Protesters will be allowed to return, but their tents will not.
Hundreds were gathered outside Zuccotti Park awaiting the final decision. Watch a livestream from the scene below: 
 
Live Updates: NYT; WaPo; NYDN.
In Related News:
— Oakland mayor Jean Quan hints at a possible crackdown coordination among occupied cities; are Occupy London and Occupy Toronto the next to go?; The Guardian’s helpful summary of the city-by-city police crackdowns so far.
— Mayor Michael Bloomberg confirmed in Orwellian fashion the suspicions of a media blackout, saying the decision to bar the press from witnessing the eviction was made “to protect the members of the press”; meanwhile, the list of arrested journalists has grown.
— Read the letter Zuccotti Park landlord Brookfield sent to the mayor that sparked the raid; read Occupy Wall Street’s response to the raid, entitled “You can’t evict an idea whose time has come.”
— Photos suggests the NYPD used potentially lethal long range acoustic devices to help clear out protesters.
— Hipster Cop Rick Lee claims he didn’t know raid took place until after the fact; the 10 most psychotic facial expressions from police officers at Occupy protests; high-res photos from Operation Clean The Park; the most adorable victim of the OWS raid.
— Despite earlier claims, it appears the OWS library is safe and sound. 
— The Occupy Wall Street raid: Brought to you by Chase?

[photo: don emmert via in focus.]

thedailywhat:

Second Occupy Wall Street News Update of the Day: A New York Supreme Court Justice has reversed the restraining order requiring the city to allow Occupy Wall Street protesters and their tents to return to Zuccotti Park.

Justice Michael D. Stallman ruled against extending the order issued earlier today by Supreme Court Judge Lucy Billings, who was later revealed to be a former long-time ACLU lawyer.

“The court is mindful of movants’ First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and peaceable assembly,” Judge Stallman wrote in his ruling. “[But] even protected speech is not equally permissible in all places and at all times.”

Protesters will be allowed to return, but their tents will not.

Hundreds were gathered outside Zuccotti Park awaiting the final decision. Watch a livestream from the scene below: 

Live Updates: NYTWaPoNYDN.

In Related News:

— Oakland mayor Jean Quan hints at a possible crackdown coordination among occupied cities; are Occupy London and Occupy Toronto the next to go?; The Guardian’s helpful summary of the city-by-city police crackdowns so far.

— Mayor Michael Bloomberg confirmed in Orwellian fashion the suspicions of a media blackout, saying the decision to bar the press from witnessing the eviction was made “to protect the members of the press”; meanwhile, the list of arrested journalists has grown.

— Read the letter Zuccotti Park landlord Brookfield sent to the mayor that sparked the raid; read Occupy Wall Street’s response to the raid, entitled “You can’t evict an idea whose time has come.”

— Photos suggests the NYPD used potentially lethal long range acoustic devices to help clear out protesters.

— Hipster Cop Rick Lee claims he didn’t know raid took place until after the fact; the 10 most psychotic facial expressions from police officers at Occupy protests; high-res photos from Operation Clean The Park; the most adorable victim of the OWS raid.

— Despite earlier claims, it appears the OWS library is safe and sound

— The Occupy Wall Street raid: Brought to you by Chase?

[photo: don emmert via in focus.]

READ THE RULING

A judge ruled against Occupy Wall Street protesters, upholding a move by New York City and the landlord of the privately owned plaza to clear tents from Zuccotti Park and prevent protesters from bringing equipment back in.

Hours after police cleared the last protester from their encampment in an early morning raid Tuesday, lawyers for the city and the park’s owner Brookfield Office Properties Inc. faced off with Occupy Wall Street representatives inside a courtroom.

Protesters held out some hope for much of Tuesday that they would be able to re-create their two-month old encampment after a state judge granted the activists a temporary restraining order barring the city from evicting them.

But after a hearing, Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman denied the request, agreeing with the city’s contention that camping in a park wasn’t free speech protected by the First Amendment. As a result, city officials said, protesters will be allowed back in the park, but they won’t be allowed to set up camping equipment.

The park had remained closed throughout the day as hundreds of protesters gathered around the barricaded perimeter awaiting the judge’s decision. Dozens of police officers guarded the inside of the park, while the surrounding office buildings only admitted employees.

A group of protesters staged an impromptu rally about a mile north of the dismantled encampment. Police responded and cleared the area Tuesday afternoon, arresting several journalists along with protesters who barricaded themselves into a construction zone and disregarded orders to leave.

Mr. Bloomberg, who canceled a planned trip to Washington Tuesday, quickly took responsibility for the eviction, saying in a statement released before dawn that the park’s owners had asked for the city’s help in enforcing its rules against sleeping there, but that “the final decision to act was mine.”

"Protestors have had two months to occupy the park with tents and sleeping bags," the mayor said. "Now they will have to occupy the space with the power of their arguments."

WELL THEN, LET’S DO EXACTLY THAT!

Update:

Zuccotti Park, the site of the first Occupy Wall Street camp, reopened Tuesday evening, minutes after a New York state court handed the city a victory in its effort to limit the type of protest that could be held.

Protesters initially were allowed into the park in single file through one entrance, and some indicated they wanted to stay all night. But it was unclear how they would cope without tents, generators, sleeping bags and other equipment that had turned the site into a long-running full-time protest against corporate greed and the nation’s wealthiest 1%.

Under the ruling handed down by State Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman, the 2-month-old protest can resume, but without the equipment. The judge also said the park had to be usable by the general public, upholding the city’s argument that led to the overnight raid.

On Tuesday evening, though the court ruled against them, the protesters seemed in good spirits. The pounding of drums, which had been heard throughout the day, seemed louder, and one demonstrator ran around inside the perimeter, sporting a sign proclaiming: “Grand Reopening.”

As they entered, the demonstrators chanted, “All day, all week, Occupy Wall Street.”

“I’m concerned about what the ruling is going to mean for the winter,” Gayle Price, 46, an unemployed New Yorker, said. She said she has been coming to the park regularly since the protest began Sept. 17.

“But the movement isn’t just Zuccotti Park,” she said. “Last night and today clarified that for me…. The place was taken from us but the spirit was still there.”

A massive police force is presently evicting Liberty Square, home of Occupy Wall Street for the past two months and birthplace of the 99% movement that has spread across the country and around the world

The raid started just after 1:00am. Supporters and allies are mobilizing throughout the city, presently converging at Foley Square. Supporters are also planning public actions for the coming days, including occupation actions.

You can’t evict an idea whose time has come.

Two months ago a few hundred New Yorkers set up an encampment at the doorstep of Wall Street. Since then, Occupy Wall Street has become a national and even international symbol — with similarly styled occupations popping up in cities and towns across America and around the world. A growing popular movement has significantly altered the national narrative about our economy, our democracy, and our future.

Americans are talking about the consolidation of wealth and power in our society, and the stranglehold that the top 1% have over our political system. More and more Americans are seeing the crises of our economy and our democracy as systemic problems, that require collective action to remedy. More and more Americans are identifying as part of the 99%, and saying “enough!”

This burgeoning movement is more than a protest, more than an occupation, and more than any tactic. The “us” in the movement is far broader than those who are able to participate in physical occupation. The movement is everyone who sends supplies, everyone who talks to their friends and families about the underlying issues, everyone who takes some form of action to get involved in this civic process.

This moment is nothing short of America rediscovering the strength we hold when we come together as citizens to take action to address crises that impact us all.

Such a movement cannot be evicted. Some politicians may physically remove us from public spaces — our spaces — and, physically, they may succeed. But we are engaged in a battle over ideas. Our idea is that our political structures should serve us, the people — all of us, not just those who have amassed great wealth and power. We believe that is a highly popular idea, and that is why so many people have come so quickly to identify with Occupy Wall Street and the 99% movement.

You cannot evict an idea whose time has come.

rwdsu

rwdsu:

The illegal eviction of protestors from Zuccotti Park was cowardly and irresponsible. City Hall knows it was an indefensible act— that’s why it was carried out in the middle of the night and reporters were kept at arms length and prevented from covering the full story.

Mayor Bloomberg should apologize to the media and to the protestors whose constitutional rights were trampled on by his militaristic misadventure. He has escalated tensions unnecessarily and shown an alarming lack of judgment and leadership.

He needs to recognize that the Occupy movement is not about geography or a specific location. It’s about calling attention to unacceptable forms of economic inequality and injustice in this city, around the country, and throughout the world. It’s about allowing long-ignored voices to speak out.

He has grown more defiant and tone-deaf to the concerns of the 99% in recent days precisely because he is governing the city as an all-too-proud spokesman for the 1%. He has yet to learn a simple lesson: how to listen.

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I need to go to bed folks. Sorry. Look up #OWS (change from Top to All for newest tweets) on Twitter for current news.

itswanda rumor 150+ppl @ Foley Sq; Bwy & Pine up to 1000 ppl #ows cheers for trending on #twitter, NYPD copter above (live at ustre.am/DOkR)

 Steelgrrrlmai If you are Press, do not go near the cops, they are rounding up press. NPR freelance journalist rounded up with other indies. #ows

TheOther99 UPDATE: We are moving to Union Square, reports of 100+ still headed there. Many 24 hr stores open, but NYC park is “closed”. 

Pramas Here’s the new live feed of #occupywallstreet. People are riled up in NYC and for good reason. ustream.tv/TheOther99 #ows

Org9 #scanner #ows "where are the bodies going once they are arrested? Answer: going to central booking"

MotherJones Photo: Zuccotti Park, minus #ows. More. tmblr.co/Z0-QTyBynQst

Newyorkist Police just brought an immobile person out on stretcher. Press ran to film/photo, riot police ran to grab and prevent that.

traincandy @Newyorkist @blogdiva @JoshHarkinson NYPD Scanner “The cops are being overwhelmed at Broadway Fulton.” PD responding from several directions

OccupyWallStNYC One camper from #CommunityRelations telling me her Brookfield contact knew nothing of eviction. Was @MikeBloomberg's doing entirely. #ows

 OccupyWashDC Video of tear gassing of the kitchen in Zucotti Park yfrog.us/163yiz #ows

 Buzznyc Protesters in kitchen are being tear gassed one by one and dragged out and arrested. I am being overwhelmed by teargas and must go #OWS

OccupiedNa_Na RUMOR: Scanners saying they dont have enough police!!! GET DOWN TO THERE!! Show them #ows will NEVER stand down! #occupy

OccupyWallSt Bulldozers moving in on #libertysq #ows

OccupyWallSt #nypd uses sound cannon on peaceful #occupiers #ows

OccupyWallStNYC This livestream is headed to #FoleySquare now. Or at least try:bambuser.com/v/2128813 #ows 

OWSLosAngeles People in NYC are texting that they are not able to Google directions to Zuccotti Park. This info was given on NYC Livestream.

alexanderhall @OccupyChicago #OWS ~250 tweets/min (not trending.) #iwannabe ~180 tweets/min (trending #1 ww) The NYPD ~100 tweets/min (trending #4 ww)

OccupyToronto Owners of ZUCCOTTI PARK: Brookfield Investments, 181 Bay St (suite 300), TORONTO , CAN tel: +1 416 363 9491 FAX: +1 416 365 9642

blainems listening to the nypd scanner feed of #ows raid on my phone, heard a cop say they’ll cower like lambs when they see us. #disgusted

OccupyWallStNYC A woman just thrown violently by police at BWay & Cedar #ows

RDevro Police parked two NYPD busses in front of press cage, engines running, blocking shots of square. Yelling at media trying to work. #ows

OccupyWallSt Around 400 #occupiers still holding #libertysq after many arrests.

jeffrae About 100 left inside Zuccotti waiting to be arrested  #OWS #OccupyWallStreet

OccupyCharlotte NYPD deploying sound cannon #OWS

OccupyInfo protesters were pushed out of foley square and are going now to washington square #OWS

allisonkilkenny Anyone confirm? RT @kristengwynne: Cloud of tear gas on centre and worth…#ows

mtracey Cop near PATH station has a huge wooden weapon. Looks like a big baseball bat. He said “No pictures, buddy.” twitpic.com/7eewxa

RDevro Protesters who just left Liberty say spirits are high. No violence from either side. People can leave if they want but choose to stay. #ows

cavewallshadows All transportation (subways, Brooklyn bridge) shut down in NYC to prevent reinforcements. #ows 

 

NewYorkCreator Cops just shoved and beat protesters come and press for crossing street with light in crosswalk. Unreal. #occupywallstreet

 OccupyWallSt #nypd sawing down trees in #libertysq #ows

OccupyWallSt @CBSNews helicopter has been told to “stay on the Jersey side” and ground crews were kicked out #ows

OccupyWallSt City council member Ydanis Rodriguez beaten by #nypd and bleeding from head. #ows

OccupyWallStNYC On the phone w a camper: “about 300 still in park, encircling #PeoplesKitchen @ center. 6 people have chained 2gether & 2 structure, at neck

OccupyWallStNYC Foley Square empty now, people moving west on worth. Inside the camp 100s of citizens making a stand locking down bit.ly/ocAaBC

OccupyWallStNYC Multiple sources confirm Bk bridge closed. Also 2,3,4,5 trains. Manhattan/Williamsburg Bridges & A,R trains still open.

OccupyWallStNYC Fallback location: FOLEY SQUARE, next 2 CITY HALL. #ows

fieldproducer Looking forward to hearing the NYPD’s reasoning for keeping the press away from Zuccotti park #OWS

allisonkilkenny RT @NBCNewYork: Residents near Zuccotti Park not being allowed out of building to watch; NYPD telling doormen to lock up #OWS

barongavin NYPD creating trash mound of #OWS possessions right in front of livestream. livestream.com/occupynyc @OccupyWallStNYC

JasonMGlover #ows asking @nypd to stop destroying stuff and give it to the homeless

allisonkilkenny RT @harrysiegel: Lots more police lining up, NYPD chopper shining light on us at Foley for a few 100 demonstrably harmless people. #ows

#NYPD police scanner says minimal cops available to respond to a potential shooting uptown because of #OWS raid

ioerror Upset about #OWS? Call! NYPD 1st Prec: 212.334.0611 NYPD Booking: 718.875.6303 NYPD Internal Affairs: 212.487.7350 City Hall: 212.788.3058

RDevro A pair of particularly gutsy protesters just sprinted by the NYPD into the Liberty Sq to join the others holding out in the food area. #ows

DMaxSamson RT @tamara710: Police helicopters have closed air space over #OccupyWallStreet preventing all news helicopters from filming 

 

RupertMurdochPR Seeing 1000s of books thrown into a dumpster at night by black-dressed, helmeted police more disturbing a vision than I imagined. #OWS

jeffrae 150 people at Broadway and Pine more needed #OWS #OccupyWallStreet

OccupyWallSt The 5k books of #thepeopleslibrary have been thrown in the trash. #ows

TheOther99 I’m broadcasting The Other 99 Channel 2 live on #Ustream. Come watch and chat! 2:48 AM ustre.am/Egev

OWSLibrary Protesters surrounding the area are stopping the dump trucks from leaving #OccupyWallStreetustream.tv/TheOther99

OccupyWallStNYC 2nd sanitation truck trying 2 exit but line of progresses won’t let them! Holding up peace signs, locked arms. Truck turns around.

OWSLibrary NYPD destroying american cultural history, they’re destroying the documents, the books, the artwork of an event in our nation’s history.

OWSLibrary @OccupyWallStNYC live feed from the helicopter above Liberty is here: ustream.tv/cbsnews

OWSLibrary #OccupyWallStreet is being raided now:peopleslibrary.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/rai…

OWSLibrary All of the tents and materials in the park are being destroyed by the police as we watch. #OccupyWallStreet

OccupyWallStNYC #NYPD on bull horn telling campers that we must temporarily leave the park

At noon today Occupy the Highway left Liberty Square on a two week march to Washington D.C.

Persistent criticism of Occupy Wall Street for failing to specify demands has helped obscure the fact that groups of people within the movement have been mobilizing around concrete political goals.

The latest example is a group of occupiers who will set out today on a 230-mile march from New York to Washington, where they plan to arrive on the eve of the deadline of the congressional supercommittee.

The marchers’ message to the supercommittee: cut the Bush tax cuts on the rich in order to help balance the budget and save badly needed social programs. (Those tax cuts were extended by President Obama and Congress after a fight last year.)

“If there’s a message, it’s that we’re paying attention now,” says Michael Glazer, 26, one of the march organizers.

Glazer is an unemployed actor from Chicago who has been sleeping in Zuccotti Park, the center of the Occupy Wall Street movement, for a month. He and fellow occupier Kelley Brannon organized the march. It is expected to take two weeks to complete the trip.

“You’re going to be cutting money out of programs that help middle America, yet you’re not going to try to tax the wealthy, the 1 percent, at all,” Glazer says of the supercommittee.

Remember, the supercommittee has been tasked with finding a plan to cut $1.2 trillion from the deficit by Nov. 23, which would then go to an up-or-down vote in Congress. Lawmakers are increasingly predicting that the supercommittee will fail. If it does fail, automatic cuts in military and social spending will be triggered — but there are potential ways aroundthose triggered cuts.

Twelve marchers are set to leave Zuccotti Park Wednesday, Nov. 9th at noon; they plan a 20-mile-per-day pace that would have them arriving in Washington on Nov. 22.

Getting affordable health care is still a struggle for many in the 99%, but for pets in Zuccotti Park, it’s free. Veterinarians who support Occupy Wall Street offer free check-ups for pets in the park once a week. “I supported OWS right from the beginning,” Dr. Konstantine Barsky tells the Daily News. “On the second night I realized there were a lot of animals here. I figured the best way I could participate would be giving my skills.” Treating patients for pepper spray remains the same for most animals, regardless of species.

"It’s reassuring to know you can take your pets here," one protester who got his dog, Genevieve, looked at by Dr. Barsky. "As things get worse in the economy, we have access to less and less health care, and the same goes for our pets." Barsky, a vet at Hope Veterinary Clinic in Brooklyn, treated ten animals on Friday, including two albino rats named Klepto and Bella, and a kitten named Munchie.