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New York occupiers will meet at Canal St. and 6th Avenue for a General Assembly at 9 am this morning.
From @OccupyWallSt: “About 130 riot cops linger at #libertysq, batons and helmets in their hands, smiling and loitering. #ows”
Some protesters outside of police barricades are attempting to organize an impromptu General Assembly.
Filmmaker Michael Moore has called, via Twitter, for protesters to regroup at Foley Square, on Centre and Worth Streets.
Reports from Occupy Wall St. of bulldozers moving in to clear the encampment, mass arrests, use of a sound cannon and the use of tear gas to clear out the occupation’s kitchen.
“They’re dragging people off one-by-one. They’re being violent. There are between 250 and 300 people.”
“We’re urging people to please call your elected representatives, whoever you can. Please help the occupiers. This is an emergency.”
“To all the police officers, you are part of the 99 percent. You are Americans. We are also part of the 99 percent. I can’t fathom how you could do this, how can you sleep at night knowing that all we want is to make this country a better country…a better place for all our children.
“What you are doing will not hold up in a court of law, it will just embarrass this great city. What you are doing does not reflect the values of most New Yorkers.
“It is not too late for you to stand down.”
Chants of “You are the 99 percent” and “All day, all week, Occupy Wall Street” followed.
Police began demolishing the encampment, tossing tents into a pile. A garbage truck moved in, apparently to prepare for removal of protesters’ supplies.
At 1:10 this evening, Occupy Wall Street announced via Facebook that police were preparing to evict the encampment in Liberty Plaza, also known as Zucotti Park. Chants of “Disobey your orders” and “You don’t have to do this” were clearly audible above the noise in the camp.
The protesters in the park claim that they are been barricaded in, and that local streets and subway stations have been been shut down, thus preventing more people from joining the protest in the park. The barricade is visual in nature, with a Verizon truck among others forming a visual barrier between the protesters and bystanders, at least in parts of the park.
Police escorted a number of people toward Broadway despite vocal opposition from bystanders.
After asking several of the police circling the encampment “What will you tell your kids when you go home tonight?”, protesters followed up with “We love you, we forgive you,” and “We love your families and we love our country.”