BY VICTORIA TRAVERS
In the early hours of Tuesday morning Mayor Bloomberg authorized the mass eviction of peaceful protest Occupy Wall St from Liberty square. Bloomberg told a press conference this morning:
“The final decision was mine and mine alone.”
Law enforcement arrived at Zuccotti Park not long after midnight last night where they handed out letters to protesters declaring that the occupation of the park posed an increasing health risk. It requested that they immediately leave the park so that it could be cleaned and restored. It also stated that the park would be reopened in several hours, when protesters would be permitted to return but without tents, sleeping bags or tarps.
According Occupy Wall St individuals that were a part of the dynamic civil process were beaten, pepper-sprayed and relieved of their personal property.
As a result, members were mobilized and continue to march through the city en masse. So far protesters have marched from Foley Square to City Hall and are continuing their journey. Occupy Wall Street released this statement on their website:
“We are appalled, but not deterred. Liberty Square was dispersed, but its spirit not defeated. Today we are stronger than we were yesterday. Tomorrow we will be stronger still. We are breaking free of the fear that constricts and confines us. We occupy to liberate.
We move forward in the grand tradition of the transformative social movements that have defined American history. We stand on the shoulders of those who have struggled before us, and we pick up where others have left off. We are creating a better society for us all.”
Organizers hope to reenter the park at 9.30 am this morning. There are also rumors of an occupation of the Holland Tunnel.