As has been widely reported, the Wall Street occupation at Zuccotti Park was evicted in an overnight raid yesterday. Here’s an Associated Press account:
Police bust NY ‘Occupy’ protest in nighttime sweep
NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of police officers in riot gear raided the Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York City in the pre-dawn darkness Tuesday, evicted hundreds of demonstrators and demolished the tent city that was the epicenter of a movement protesting what participants call corporate greed and economic inequality.
The police action began around 1 a.m. and lasted several hours as officers with batons and plastic shields pushed the protesters from their base at Zuccotti Park. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said around 200 people were arrested, including dozens who tried to resist the eviction by linking arms in a tight circle at the center of the park. A member of the City Council was among those arrested during the sweep.
Tents, sleeping bags and equipment were carted away, and by 4:30 a.m., the park was empty. It wasn’t clear what would happen next to the demonstration, though the new enforcement of rules banning tents, sleeping bags or tarps would effectively end an encampment that started in mid-September. …
Here’s The Guardian’s live blog, which starts with some salient points:
Occupy Wall Street: Zuccotti Park eviction – live updates
• New York police clear Zuccotti Park in 1am swoop on plaza
• 70 arrests made as mayor Bloomberg praises police action
• Protesters awarded court order allowing them back
• Standoff developing between police and Occupy protesters
This won’t be the end of the New York Occupation, the protesters are already making plans as to where and how to regroup. By refocusing media attention on the Occupation, will this eviction only make them stronger?
Authorities in many centres are saying that the Occupation has “made its point” and its time to move on. Well they would, wouldn’t they. But is “the point” to be a purely symbolic one, or is a point not made until something concrete changes?