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Panicky Billionaire Mayor Orders Eviction of Zuccotti Park (VIDEO)

Here is video from inside Zuccotti Park early Tuesday morning as the NYPD moved in to trash the encampment and arrest dozens of peacefully resisting protesters. THAT’S QUITE ENOUGH FREEDUMZ 4 U ALL according to nervous billionaire goon Michael Bloomberg, who ordered the “closed-to-the-press” midnight raid to placate twitchy corporate overlords to protect the “safety” of protesters. There was so much safety, in fact, that a New York City Councilman got his head smashed in and was arrested in the sweep. More photos after the jump!

Wonkette superhero operative KenLayIsAlive was on the scene and sends us this report:

Police had blocked off about 16 sq blocks or so, completely surrounding the park. People responding to the call were stopped by barricades on Broadway. I was prevented from getting any further. Eventually the group I was in, maybe 500-600 people marched straight up the middle of B’Way to Foley Sq., throwing barricades into the street as we did. Eventually this group too was surrounded by police. I snuck away at this point and returned back to B’Way.

Here are protesters linking arms to prevent a NYPD van from reaching Liberty Plaza:

Lawyers for the Occupy Movement have already won an early-morning temporary restraining order blocking Bloomberg and the owners of Zuccotti Park from evicting protesters and their tents or preventing their return. The NYT reports that lawyers say protesters will attempt to return this morning.

Here is part of Bloomberg’s pissy Orwellian statement arguing that free speech doesn’t count as much as “health and safety” as determined by the police state:

From the beginning, I have said that the City had two principal goals: guaranteeing public health and safety, and guaranteeing the protesters’ First Amendment rights. But when those two goals clash, the health and safety of the public and our first responders must be the priority.

More photos from the night’s chaos:

And to be extra monstrous, Twitter reports that the cops also dumped the 5,000 donated books in the People’s Library into the trash. HOORAY FOR IGNORANCE. [Guardian/YouTube]

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160 comments

    1. WunkRocker

      Hey MikeyB, the only people who are suffering health and safety issues are people accosted by the NYPD.

    2. Redhead

      It's a LEEEEEEEEEEEETLE more complicated than that – but anything that takes place in a public place – or that can be seen by someone standing on a public street or sidewalk with no extraordinary effort (namely, just standing there, not climbing into huge trees and using a telescopic lens) – is open game for pictures and video.

    3. mrpuma2u

      Bloomberg and the NYPD have gone back to the basics, that is they are basically pepper spraying, clubbing and arresting anyone near Zucotti park.

  1. Barb

    I'd love to see what would happen if the police were to bust up a Tea Bagger rally.
    Lizzie, I went to Fed Ex and shipped the scarves and things that I knitted for the OWS protesters yesterday. I will e-mail you the tracking number. I sent it ground shipping and it should be there Thursday.

    1. SorosBot

      But why would a fascist like Bloomberg send his official goons to stop his unofficial brownshirts from sucking up to their corporate masters?

    2. Limeylizzie

      I have my stash good to go, I will do the drop late this week, they will be needing toasty warm accessories as they now are not allowed to have tents.

      1. NorthStarSpanx

        But it's been so unseasonably warm out this past week. How about sending dry suits? Can you knit dry suits Barb? I'm sure Koch Industries has some materials they'd love to donate.

        1. SorosBot

          It may be in the 60s in November, but global warming is still just a godless liberal scientist conspiracy!

          1. Ducksworthy

            Its a conspiracy by those who can read against the Faux News viewers (i.e. loyal Amurikans and by extension Koch brothers by another mother.)

      2. Biel_ze_Bubba

        "as they now are not allowed to have tents"

        As they no longer HAVE tents, or sleeping bags, or blankets, or their winter clothes. (See below — Mayor Goonberg had everything tossed into garbage trucks.) I have a carload of warm clothes that I fortunately didn't bring down there over the weekend. We need to re-arm the #OWS troops with these tools of occupation.

        1. Limeylizzie

          True, ok then I am going down as soon as Barb's package arrives, poor wee occupiers I don't want them to be cold.

    3. 102415

      I don't believe there will be any more teabagger meetin's. At least until after Obama wins again. All the meetin' money is going to buy something else.

  2. MonsterAGoGo

    Well, as soon as the media took their eye off OWS for the Pedo State story, this was a done deal.

  3. memzilla

    In an alternate universe, police would be marching into mahoghany-panelled boardrooms and arresting the real criminals, namely obscenely overpaid CEOs, venal lobbyists, and corrupt politicians. **sigh**

  4. hollywooddood

    You can take the protesters out of the park, but you'll never take the ideas out of the protesters, assholes.

    1. OneDollarJuana

      Let's move that comma up and to the left and see how it reads:

      "You can take the protesters out of the park, but you'll never take the ideas out of the protesters' assholes."

      Hmm. Not so much.

  5. Chillwaver

    Ironically enough, the only way for the OWS movement to pick up steam would be through corporate funding. That's how the Tea Party tools were "legitimized."

    1. NorthStarSpanx

      When they start affixing the corporate logo stickers on their prone bodies, I hope they are glossed with sanitizer and are scratch-n-sniff. That will help with the smell and hygiene problem.

    2. EatsBabyDingos

      How about Target and Taser as sponsors? We can all wear the Target logo on our chest and our back, which will make the Taser part easier.

  6. Monsieur_Grumpe

    Closed to the press? If you look at those pictures just about everyone is holding up a camera or phone. If they think they’re going to keep this out of the press they’re living in the wrong century.
    Idiots.

  7. memzilla

    Say, you know who else had hundreds of demonstrators arrested in co-ordinated nationwide round-ups… ?

  8. Allmighty_Manos

    "From the beginning, I have said that the City had two principal goals: guaranteeing public health and safety"

    Good point, the NYPD has been very busy as of late giving out free dental check ups in the South Bronx and prenatal exams for uninsured women.

  9. NorthStarSpanx

    Hey, I'm not familiar with these new brownshirt helmets, they look awfully European. Are we socialists now?

  10. bureaucrap

    OWS Protesters should regroup and campout @ rockefeller center skating rink. Every time they get kicked out, they should go to some place even more visible.

  11. mereoblivion

    "I snuck away at this point and returned back to B’Way."
    Isn't that the last sentence of a Hemingway story?

    1. Dok-cupy Everything

      Not Hemingway, but a friend of his:

      The protesters believed in economic justice, the communitarian future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning——

      So we beat on, boats against the economic current, borne back ceaselessly into the WalMart.

    2. Chichikovovich

      It wasn't a Hemingway story, and that was the second-last line. The last was "And I only am escaped alone to tell thee."

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        Melville borrowed it from the Book of Job — which is getting more and more relevant to the #OWS people.

        (Not that the quixotic pursuit of bloated, implacable white dicks wasn't aslo relevant.)

  12. Schmannnity

    Biff, Buffy, and I could barely see anything from the Exchange balcony, although we had had quite a lot of Champagne.

  13. johnnyzhivago

    Seriously, this may be a favor in disguise. Speaking solely from the perspective of public opinion I think "understanding what this was about" seems to be rising – but at the same time the protest itself was reaching it's expiration date.

    If you had a rally to find out who is accountable for the financial collapse and throw them in jail I bet you could have 5 million people show up.

    1. TurnItOff!

      This, for the win. Now some leadership can emerge and the real political fights can begin, so long as not too much time and energy is wasted on fighting the eviction itself.

  14. Pragmatist2

    Not enough snark here.
    The most dangerous moment is when you begin to take yourself seriously. Then you become like them.

  15. Ducksworthy

    We must immediately outlaw the use of cell phone video cameras to preserve the Republic and freedumbz.

  16. SorosBot

    It would be nice if there were one cop with a conscience who would refuse blatantly illegal orders, but of course not, decent people don't become cops.

    1. Nesnora

      I've never met a decent member of the NYPD in the few times I've had to deal with them.

      Besides the mindset that comes with a lifelong ego-revenge-bully job like being a cop, they are also specifically instructed (in NYC) to treat civilians as enemies, first and foremost. There was a lot of controversy (for about a day) about materials released after 9/11 that highlighted the "you are a soldier" mantra rather than serve and protect… accented with pictures of cops in full riot gear with the phrase "they take care of them overseas while we take care of them at home."

      It's like they couldn't stomach the thought of fighting an actual armed enemy, so they've conceded to beating the shit out of the guy they thought was smarter than them in high school. Even the "good" ones are shockingly desensitized and tolerant of racism and the natural everyday corruption that goes on during an average day. Sadists and rotten clowns, the lot of them.

      1. SorosBot

        Fuck that. Cops are civilians, not soldiers. It's amazing how far this country has gone over to the authoritarian mindset. Now I'm starting to see why the 60s protesters called the cops "pigs".

    2. OneDollarJuana

      You know that's not true, but the industry is overrepresented by authoritarian head-buster personalities, with enhanced siege and superiority mentalities.

    3. KathrynSane

      I actually have heard stories via the twitters about cops refusing to go and clear out protesters from the beginning. I've met a few awesome guys who became cops because they honestly want to help people and never let the power get to their heads. I have a ton of respect for them, especially considering the fact that 98% of the other cops they work with are probably fucking assholes.

  17. TurnItOff!

    I feel bad for the kids, of course, but I dragged one of those books across the continent just to deliver it there, pigs! Mail it back!

  18. Dok-cupy Everything

    Thank god they trashed the books–there were probably dangerous ideas in them that just would have made people sad.

    Here, Montag, let's watch the Wallscreen.

  19. Come here a minute

    The 60 Minutes reporters need to investigate whether Bloomberg placed a big trade short-selling free speech futures yesterday.

  20. offbrandboobs

    Oh man. I just hope that at least one of the books that got dumped in the garbage was a Bible. Not as if these a-holes hadn't already boarded the hand-basket, but I'm pretty sure that throwing a Bible in the trash is a do-not-pass-go-go-directly-to-hell card.

    Dicks.

    1. Come here a minute

      The Red Light Challenge is to name the ten rights on the Bill of Rights. Just shout out whatever you can think of, there is no penalty for wrong answers.

  21. An_Outhouse

    Mr. Bloomberg, there are people in militia uniforms beating up your people in a park. Why won't you do something to provide for their health and safety?

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Taking away their warm clothes in the middle of November … that'll provide lots of health and safety.

  22. Arken

    I remember that part of the constitution Bloomberg is alluding to. "The right of the people to peaceably assemble shall not be infringed unless some of them poop."

    1. GhostBuggy

      "…or if that right interferes with the primary reasons people live and work in NYC: quiet and cleanliness."

  23. Biel_ze_Bubba

    Weird — I was down there last night at about 8 pm, and all was quiet and calm. The invasion force must have come in later.

    Oh, and they weren't satisfied with just kicking people out the park in the middle of the night — because the way to discourage campers is to steal all their stuff. Here's video of the protester's tents, tarps, duffel bags, and other possessions being tossed into a garbage truck. Can't wait to find out what that's going to cost the city in lawsuits and legal fees (not that Fuhrer Bloomberg gives a shit.)

  24. DahBoner

    How are the Gold Man Sacks peoples supposed to engineer an end-of-year FlashCrash melt-up with all that bongo noise and peaceful right of assembly outside???

  25. DetectiveGrey

    This isn't over. They're coming right back. There is no way the voice can be silenced.

    No amount of midnight raiding, no amount of police brutality, no amount of arrests, no amount of detentions, no amount of formal statements, no amount of grandstanding by public officials can stop the movement.

    They'll come with nightsticks, they'll come with tear gas, they'll come with wooden dowels and riot shields and lexan masks and body armor. They'll come with guns both deadly and pacifying to beat down threats that do not exist.

    Good men and women will have their heads smashed in, their arms and wrists broken, their kneecaps slammed, their faces pressed into pavement, into the sides of hot police cars in the cold winter air. Good men and women, peaceably assembling and demonstrating, without disruption and without fear, will be rounded up by police mesh and caged in overnight jail cells for standing in a place and talking.

    These people will be hurt, they will be beaten and arrested. Some of them will be killed. But they will not falter, because behind these people, behind their soft exterior and their skin, black and white and yellow and red and brown, is an idea.

    And an idea is bulletproof.

  26. CrunchyKnee

    I wonder if they ever had libraries at tea bagger rallies? (I managed to type that without laughing too hard)

  27. Oblios_Cap

    The only surprise about all this is that it took the authorities so long to act.

    I am morbidly amused with the "the protestors are wasting public money by requiring a police presence for their harassment " angle that the media has been taking.

  28. Nesnora

    Bloomberg:

    First step: Make all our crimes legal

    Second step: Make all their legal actions crimes

    Third step: Profit?

  29. WeHaveIssues

    Time to move forward from "Occupy" to creating a better way. Protest can still be effective but nonviolent action needs to be the focus. The U.S. economy is a 70% consumer spending, starve the large companies killing local economies. Protest/silence/vote out every incumbent politician. To be negative against something is relatively easy, to be positively for something and create it is difficult – and is what Wall St. is counting on – short, ineffective OWS attention spans.

    1. Guppy

      I don't have enough space in my apartment for subsistence farming, and "vote against incumbents" by itself doesn't do much when it only takes a plurality to win elections in this country.

  30. Serfville

    This has been a violent hate filled "sweep" in the past 24 hours over several cities in the US including NYC. This had to come down nationally. Maybe from Goldman Sucks. Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmm. Oh, & Hermie Cain is also lying about the size of his dick (pic on the next blog)

      1. Serfville

        I was just "horsin'" around in the shower & slappin' this towel around, see? (Refer to Bob Costas interview last night with said Penn State lying psychopath)

        1. jus_wonderin

          “Why yes, I hugged a few students. I showered with them after a workout. I might have touched their legs.”

          1. Serfville

            Can you believe that interview last night? That F is so guilty, he could not even answer the question: "Are you sexually attracted to them"? Medieval type punishment is in order here.

        2. Serfville

          Although I believe this violent "sweep" of many Occupy cities in this country over the past 24 hours came down nationally, Wall Street tool Mayor of NYC has been publically pissing all over the OWSers from Day 1. He should clean up his own mess.

      1. Biff

        Probably has a mistress-fucking dungeon beneath Zucotti Park and asked Bloomberg to clear his access route for him.

  31. Mahousu

    If "health and safety" trumps the First Amendment, then Obamacare must be super-Constitutional – more constitutional than the Constitution itself. Are you listening, Supreme Court?

  32. Biel_ze_Bubba

    An avalanche of comments on the NYT website seems to have brought that feature to its knees. Herr Bloomberg may be in for a public opinion thrashing.

  33. SorosBot

    What surprises me is how shockingly tone-deaf the powers that be are here. When Occupy Wall Street began, the corporate media ignored them; it wasn't until the cops started going overboard and attacking people that the media was forced to pay attention, and that lead to the similar protests going up in other cities. Now, the protests have been slinking back into the background with the media ignoring them again, until the latest act of police brutality gets them back into the headlines, and once again makes the protesters very sympathetic.

    1. SorosBot

      I'm reading on CNN now that the cops are still refusing to let anyone into the park, in direct violation of the court order this morning. Fuck them.

  34. WordSaladNation

    I'd be curious to know — and maybe KenLayIsAlive can tell us — what the actual conditions in Zucotti Park were when the protestors were forcibly evicted.

    Of course, I support their right to protest and their core message that the scale has tilted altogether too far in the direction of the 1%. Especially after reading this article, though, I wonder.

    Being kicked out of Zucotti Park was bad, no doubt about it, and the way in which it was handled looks more and more like a nightmare with each passing news story. I guess my question is this: putting Bloomberg's harsh methods aside, isn't it better to clear out the park now, before the weather gets cold and people start dying of sickness and frostbite?

    1. proudgrampa

      Bloomberg News reported that the police said the park smelled so bad they "couldn't breathe."

      My question for KenLayIsAlive would be if he could tell us whether that was really a problem, or police exaggeration.

    2. mrblifil

      Friend of mine was there day before the eviction was carried out. Noted how cool the library was and had nothing whatever to say about conditions. Other's near the area have described it as "a squat," but they did not make reference to cleanliness, etc.

  35. ttommyunger

    How does it go? First they ignore you, then they make fun of you, then they repress you, then you win. Looks like we're deep into the third stage now.

  36. slowhansolo

    The camps are only important insofar as they provide opportunities to generate public outrage with each new assault. At least, they would if we weren't such a nation of apathetic pussies.

  37. barto

    I'm touched by the mayor's newfound concern for health and safety. This means of course that he will be increasing the number of police patrols in and around the park, and making sure the medical tents and latrines are well stocked and plentiful. Wait, he what?

  38. Isyaignert

    Hey Bloomburg – "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin

  39. JackObin

    And master criminal Little Georgie Bush is somewhere drunk as a skunk and laughing his narrow ass off. Praise Jeebus.

  40. sati_demise

    Confirmed coordination with Homeland Security to raid Occupy camps in 18 cities across America.
    Welcome to the new world order.

  41. Chichikovovich

    Well, we UofM types have to raise the intellectual tone here, what with all the Sparties around. ;-)

    Edit: And besides, that last line is absolutely appropriate, given that the story ought to be titled: Moby Bloomberg, Or: The Great White Dick.

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