Live from New York…It’s Operation Monday Night Un-Occupy Zuccotti Park; at least 25 reported arrests; “They’re throwing and breaking everything!”; dump trucks and tear gas rumors; the “People’s Kitchen” is closed; they’ll be back; ACLU-tied judge ordered off case; UPDATE: Court rules against occupiers
Scroll down for updates…funny business in the courtroom…hoo-boy…
Finally. NYPD is in full riot-gear tonight and the Occupiers are up in arms on Twitter. A police officer has reportedly announced with a bullhorn that the encampment at the private park is a “fire hazard” (among many other health hazards) and that those who don’t clear out will be arrested. Hope the police brought extra Lysol and rubber gloves. If not hazmat suits.
With a h/t to The Right Scoop and CBS News, here are some more screencaps I took of some of the activity taking place at the camp right now:
The Occupiers’ livestream is here.
Overheard: Occupier fumes, “We will not be moved.”
Famous last words. Now, move out.
1:56am Eastern. They are literally HOWLING in Zuccotti Park. I am thinking they shipped in the Occupy Denver dog leader to bolster the Occupier troops.
The same loons who shout “F**k the Police” are now screaming “WE LOVE YOUUUUUUU!!!!”
Occupier whines: “They’re throwing and breaking everything!” Ranting about 60 days of “work” going to waste.
NYC has sent in a sanitation truck. Occupiers shriek in horror. Like garlic to vampires:
Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes tweets that NYC Mayor Bloomberg will allow protesters back into Zuccotti Park “after it’s cleaned.”
Ummmm, how is it possible to “clean” the park without removing the human filth?
Here’s the NYPD scanner link (h/t Erick Brockway).
2:38am Eastern NBC News New York tweets that there have been at least 25 arrests, shoving of police by Occupiers, garbage cans thrown into the street.
Also: Protesters have reportedly turned away an ambulance.
Update 2:56am Eastern Occupiers tried to drown out an officer informing them of the fire hazard rules. They chanted some sort of Indian war chant “WAWAWAWAWAWAWA!” thing. It was…bizarre.
Then they’ll turn around and complain that they never heard the police warn them of anything.
From NYPD police scanner, a group of 200 Occupiers is trying to get into the park and has been stopped.
Here’s General Michael Moore directing #OWS troops from his Twitter feed:
An occupier screams that “30,000 people” are watching the livestream, ergo “THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING!!!!”
Occupiers claiming media have been blocked from park. Also decrying use of tear gas (not confirmed by MSM), shut down of “the people’s kitchen.”
Local media say pepper spray was used during park evacuation, not tear gas.
3:59am Eastern The Kamp Alinsky Kids have now been split up into roving bands of brigands wandering NYC.
Latest word from local NYC media: “From a producer on the scene with sources from the NYPD: Small group remains inside the park…they are chained together.”
Chained around their necks.
Update: Tuesday morning….Rise and whine! They’re baaaack. The Occupiers are marching back to the park. Reports of arrests as of 10:47am. There’s an 11:30am court hearing over the restraining order limiting the city’s ability to evict the campers.
Update: Hmmmmm….ACLU-tied judge who assisted Occupiers is ordered off the case:
When the cops raided Zuccotti Park, lawyers for Occupy Wall Street immediately woke up a judge with a civil liberties background and asked for help.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lucy Billings signed an early-morning order temporarily barring cops from keeping protesters and tents out of Zuccotti Park.
But within hours, she was off the case as court administrators prepared to randomly choose a new judge — and excluded Billings’ name from the list of candidates.
Billings’ biography notes that before she became a judge in 1997, she spent 25 years as a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union.
“I have devoted my career to public service, especially the disadvantaged in desperate circumstances,” she wrote in a 2007 pre-election statement.
Lawyers for Occupy Wall Street phoned Billings after cops moved into Zuccotti Park early Tuesday, evicted the protesters and got rid of their tents and other camp equipment.
Asked why they called her first, protest lawyer Daniel Alterman wouldn’t say, remarking that he’s not a “gossip guy.”
The lawyers also called an emergency hotline set up to assign judges to after-hours cases. A staffer told them that since Billings had already been contacted, she should handle the Zuccotti matter.
He said Billings came to the lawyers and at 6:30 a.m. signed an order declaring cops cannot evict protesters who aren’t breaking the law or stop protesters from entering with tents.
Billings’ involvement will be short-lived.
At 11:30 a.m., court officials were scheduled to use a computer program to pick a new judge for an afternoon hearing on the restraining order — the proceeding that will determine if the tents can be erected again.
Meantime, The Blaze reports a nearby church — Trinity Church — has had its locks cut by Occupiers.
Update 5:03pm Eastern After several false reports on Twitter this afternoon, a judge announced that the eviction is being upheld.
Gird your loins and get our your surgical masks. The Occupiers will no doubt be raising a stink…
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