New York (SaebPress)…Occupy Wall Street protesters have clashed with police in Zuccotti Park after being ordered to leave their long time encampment in New York. At least 200 people have been arrested, with the police said to have used violence, protesters been beaten by the NYPD.
Police have put barricades all around the park, preventing people from getting in. Some of protesters refused to leave the park. They resisted with chants of “Whose park? Our park!” as officers began moving in and tearing down tents. Some activists have formed a human shield to prevent police from breaking down the camp. And cops are said to have used tear gas to disperse the cordon and get the resisting activists out of the park.
Police also reportedly used a long-range acoustic device (LRAD), which is usually used to disperse violent riots, against peaceful protesters. Those protesters who chained themselves to each other and to some trees were removed from the park after police cut down the trees.
Police helicopters have closed the airspace over the Occupy Wall Street encampment, precluding news helicopters from filming. No video cameras have been allowed.
The eviction comes just two days ahead of a massive planned demonstration Thursday to mark two-months of the movement’s existence. Demonstrators are planning to march in front of the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday morning and then rally near City Hall in the evening.