The 2nd Month Anniversary of the Wall Street Movement on Thursday, Was Brutally Attacked By the Police in New York And Other Cities of America
Being let down by the rainy whether and the brutality of the police, people in New York and other cities of America, showed their determinations by their continuing presence, and vowing:
The eviction from the park that had become the epicentre of their movement would not deter them.
And: “The more politicians and police try to stop them, the stronger they will become.”
People also, in response to the police forces using the barricades and batons to prevent them from moving forward, shouted with unity: “We Are the 99%” and this was referring to their contention that the U.S. political system benefits only the richest 1 percent.
Police reportedly, has arrested about 170 protesters just in New York, and has caused injuries to many of them.
This was all after the New York police evicted Occupy Wall Street protester from Zuccotti park, where a movement against economic inequality was first initiated, early on Tuesday.
On this day, wearing helmets and carrying shields and batons, hundreds of police dismantled the sea of tents, tarps and protests signs at Zuccotti Park, arresting about 200 people, including a dozen who had chained themselves to each other and to trees.
The cleaning of the park came ahead of plans by protesters to try and shut down Wall Street on Thursday -- home to the New York Stock Exchange -- by holding a street carnival to mark the two-month anniversary of their campaign.
As confused and angry protesters tried to work out how to regroup, sanitation workers laboured through the night to clear away trashes from the privately owned, publicly accessible park, where hundreds of people had camped, then swept and mopped the granite space.
"Protesters have had two months to occupy the park with tents and sleeping bags. Now they will have to occupy the space with the power of their arguments," Said Michael Bloomberg, the New York City Mayor in a statement, adding that the situation had become "intolerable."
Several hundred evicted protesters regrouped at a nearby square and proceeded at mid-morning Tuesday to march through lower Manhattan streets before rallying in another park.
The New York park had been due to reopen on Tuesday morning and the protesters were to be allowed to return as long as they stuck to new park rules -- designed to prevent them from setting up a camp again -- that included a ban on sleeping bags, tents and the storage of belongings in the space.
A couple of hundred protesters mingled around the closed park on Tuesday morning, chanting: "This is contempt of court," but made no attempt to enter.
Words from some of the protestors:
"Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park) was a metaphor and this is way bigger than that. The seed's been planted in everyone's mind and that's what this is about." Said Kyle Depew, 26, a waiter from Williamsburg:
Mike Szumski, 54, a technologist at a Wall Street bank, said he hoped they would return. "They have a message and people around the world are responding,"
"After this we get bigger. There is no question we get bigger. This is our chance to be heard," added Jennifer Sarja, 38, who had been bringing blankets and food to protesters staying in the park.
Justin Wedes, 25, said the movement would only grow stronger. "Because every single person who was forced out of the park will bring five friends and everyone who heard about it will bring themselves and their friends," he said.
Authorities had previously threatened to clear the park but backed down. On October 14, plans to clean out Zuccotti Park were postponed, averting a possible showdown between police and protesters.
The New York eviction followed similar action in Atlanta, Portland and Salt Lake City, but unlike action in Oakland, California -- where police used tear gas and stun grenades -- New York police said most protesters left peacefully.
In London, city authorities said on Tuesday they were resuming legal action to try to shift anti-capitalism protesters who have set up camp at St Paul's Cathedral.
The Occupy Wall Street movement, which began when protesters set up camp in Zuccotti Park on September 17, inspired solidarity rallies and so-called occupations in public spaces across the United States and in cities elsewhere in the world.
Protesters say they are upset that the billions of dollars in bank bailouts doled out during the recession allowed banks to resume earning huge profits -- and executives getting million-dollar bonuses -- while average Americans have had no relief from high unemployment and job insecurity.
They also believe the richest 1 percent of Americans do not pay their fair share in taxes.