Following similar raids in St. Louis and Oakland, hordes of NYPD officials this morning forcibly cleared Zuccotti Park in Manhattan of all protesters; New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took “credit” for this decision. That led to this description of today’s events from an Occupy Wall Street media spokesman, as reported by Salon‘s Justin Elliott:
A military style raid on peaceful protesters camped out in the shadow of Wall Street, ordered by a cold ruthless billionaire who bought his way into the mayor’s office.
If you think about it, that short sentence is a perfect description of both the essence of America’s political culture and the fuel that gave rise to the #OWS movement in the first place.
Protesters are moving to Foley Square after Zuccotti Park is cleared using tear gas and sonic cannons.
Greg Sargent on the very real success of Occupy Wall Street.
UPDATE: A judge has ruled #ows allowed back into Zuccotti Park until hearing later this morning.