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Sound Off: Should Occupy Wall Street Have Been Evicted?

NYPD raids Zuccotti Park Tuesday morning; more than 200 arrested.

The New York City Police Department booted protesters out of a lower Manhattan park early Tuesday morning as city officials, namely, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, seem to have run out of patience with the Occupy Wall Street movement. 

The raid on Zuccotti Park began around 1 a.m. Tuesday, with police removing hundreds of protestors from the public park. Police tore down tents and other structures that have been assembled at the park for the last two months. More than 200 protesters were arrested during the raid and its aftermath, according to reports.

City officials say "health and fire safety" hazards required the park to be cleaned. Protesters say that was just an excuse to attempt to end the Occupy movement, which has spread to cities across the world. 

The park is now clean and protesters, with a court-issued temporary restraining order in hand, are attempting to return.

"This will only make us stronger," Billie Greenfield, a 24-year-old protester told The Huffington Post, of the eviction.

In recent weeks, numerous business owners and residents in the area have complained of loud noise and unsanitary conditions in the park. 

What's your take? Was it fair/right to shut down the Occupy Wall Street camp? Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments.

Full coverage and the latest updates from The Huffington Post here.

 

Bill Abbott November 16, 2011 at 07:10 PM
Interesting point made..."It's quite American to show dissent but it's very gross to cross lines and abuse the rights of others simply because you can." Because we can, here is a link to the history of US Military Interventions http://academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz/interventions.html
Bill Abbott November 16, 2011 at 07:14 PM
OWS is bringing awareness to a flawed system but this is a distraction to create fighting among ourselves. Divide and conquer is their game. WHO THE 1% IS NOT: President Obama, Governments and its officials, wall street suits, Alec Baldwin, Michael Moore or any hollywood personality. There are much larger forces controlling the masses. The 1% are the Rothchilds, the Rockefellers and the Morgans. In 1910, these families and other private bankers gathered secretly on Jekyll Island to draft the legislation that would create the Federal Reserve a private company that lends money to government. Since the Fed came into power the purchasing power of the us dollar has declined by 96% . They control the world by controlling the money, information, food and energy. 5 companies control most of the media. The Rockefellers control education, the food and energy/ oil. All right under our noses. They are behind groups like the trilateral commission, project for a new american century and the bilderburg group. Their agenda is a New World Order.
Bill Abbott November 16, 2011 at 07:15 PM
(post continued...)So while we go back and forth on here about who is left and right wrong or right, little by little they take away our freedoms and choices. The people in the middle and top of the food chain don't want change as they have it good. The people on government assistance don't want change as they receive help for free. Their plan is working. Add on how they deceive the public & are putting poison in the food to make us fat and dumbed down.(Fluoride, Aspartame, High Fructose Corn Syrup) Sorry for the double post but you have to know who/what you are up against if you want to get what you want.
Irene November 16, 2011 at 07:24 PM
Bill, I too can take this discussion and parlay it into tons of human rights violations, and you can hit me back and then I'll go back at you and so on and so forth. I am deeply troubled by a great many things and I DO take care of the ones that I am in control of. So I handle my life and the way I go about life in a manner of self respect and the respect of others. I am careful about my actions so that they do not have consequences on others. This I do as a responsible citizen and I know many people just like me. So we are doing our part and so far I have enjoyed my life and my liberty and my pursuit of happiness. Am I rich? Not in earthly things, because I choose to store up treasures that are not earthly, and I am not disappointed with my choices at all. People don't have to do anything they don't want to do, and the choices we each have can be constructed so that we each live a healthy and prosperous life, it's those who blame and blame and blame others ruin their own life and their own pursuit of happiness who then allow that spoiled dream to spill over into the world of their neighbors, strangers and family and friends. That is wrong and as I said I can match you situation by situation if you would like too.
Travis November 16, 2011 at 07:56 PM
I don't wish any harm to them nor our government and I respect your opinion Fred. But this is as I see it.
Josie November 16, 2011 at 08:47 PM
I'm glad they got evicted and wish it happened sooner. A family friend who works on Wall Street was spit on for going into work back in October. That's disgusting and any American who spits on another for going to work, especially during tough economic times such as these is an absolute disgrace to mankind. I have no problem catagorizing people who do that as being a dirt bag. I wouldnt have traveled into the city with my family during the holidays for fear of them wanting to draw attention to themselves by being disruptive closer to the holiday shoppers and mid town attractions like Rockafeller Centre. If they want to occupy something, they should Occupy Washington DC. Put pressure on DC to fix unemployment, our dependency to China and our lack of utilizing our own natural resources for energy.
Lulu November 16, 2011 at 11:48 PM
The Great Depression spurred unemployment rates of up to 25% and today though we say that it is 9% - the unofficial rate is more like 16% since the rate does not track those that have lost their unemployment benefits. Back in the 30's the unemployed built shanty towns outside of the major cities - outside of the public eye. Today, our unemployed are smartly sitting in the public eye - squatting at Wall Street. It is not pretty and neat as many would want but as a society we cannot ignore them. Capitalism does not eliminate our responsibility of acting in the best interest of the Common Good. - of acting ethically and morally. As I see CEO's take 100 million dollar compensation packages - I think ...couldn't he take 10 million (still a hefty sum) and create jobs with the other 90 million? How are these CEO's any different from the robber baron's of yesteryear? I support OWS and hope they remain active and in the public eye. Capitalism should never trump our responsibility to the human race.
Bill Marrinelli November 17, 2011 at 04:20 AM
Nothing to do with Obama? It's the extreme left dividing america by class with it's ultimate goal of saving Obama's re-election hopes. Who do you think started this? ACORN, MOVE ON.ORG!!! You think the money to organize these events came out of nowhere? This was created, bought and sold by the left wing people of Obama's class! The left, even the lefties who are 1% have signed on with these reprobates! There are real things that need to be changed like the fact that Obama is paying off his debts to corporations who supported him with tax payer money! If there are voices raised against the current administration then I would have to say this is a legitimate protest but the voices who must speak out against what this administration is doing are absent........thus this movement is based more on partisan politics than it is about what the banks are doing and what big business is doing! America has had enough of this trash! Come Novemeber in 2012 you will see americans occupying the polls and getting rid of these crooked liberals who have sold us out to corporate america.......really, 443 million to fight small pox? 100 million dollars to Fanny and Freddy execs? Millions in bonuses to AIG execs? 500 million thrown away on Solyndra to pay back a favor? OWS can not hide or cover up the truth! The american people are disgusted with them!
Bill Marrinelli November 17, 2011 at 04:34 AM
Irene, there many things that need to be repaired in our society. We are being used and abused by those who control the money as well as those who govern and who have sold their souls for power. If this movement was not partisan in its nature I would be there marching along side of them. A partisan movement does not care about the truth! A partisan movement, whether it is from the left or right is concerned about one of two things, it's political agenda for the sake of obtaining and preserving political power. The truth as I see it is that both parties have sold their souls to wall street! Both parties make back room deals with those who have donated and supported their campaigns and causes. The OWS movement is being presented as a left wing movement of heroes fighting against the evil banks and the republicans who are "in their laps". This is where your movement loses people like me who would clean house with all democrats and republicans alike! A movement of people who deficate in the streets, smash windows, rape women, assault police, deny rights to people who need to cross a street to get to work but can't......Irene, these are people I can not associate with. This is not peaceful!
Bill Marrinelli November 17, 2011 at 04:47 AM
Capitalism isn't the problem, it's the government and the people running it who abuse their power for their own personal gain. Voters are stupid! Obama has spent more than one billion dollars thanking his friends from AIG, Fanny, Freddie, Solyndra, J.P. Morgan Chase, and the company who was awarded the no bid contract to fight small pox which was eradicated in 1979 with tax payer dollars! These are the things that destroy Capitalism by placing money over people and yet how many of you will support his re-election? Don't expect change if you're not willing to vote against failure and corruption.
Andrew Dier November 17, 2011 at 05:19 PM
Actually, a lot of them are there because they lost their jobs.
Andi Dier November 17, 2011 at 05:36 PM
You're generalizing. Most of the people in this movement aren't dirtbags. Yes, there's been a few reports of criminal and disrespectful activity. But those folks do not represent the movement. Most of the people leading this movement are nothing like what you described.
Tony Chliek November 17, 2011 at 06:56 PM
According to a survey of Zuccotti Park protesters by the Baruch College School of Public Affairs published on October 19, of 1,619 web respondents, 1/3 were older than 35, half were employed full-time, 13% were unemployed and 13% earned over $75,000. 27.3% of the respondents called themselves Democrats, 2.4% called themselves Republicans, while the rest, 70%, called themselves independents.
Bill Marrinelli November 17, 2011 at 08:39 PM
A "FEW" reports? The arrests have been in the thousands!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
John Cosgrove November 17, 2011 at 09:30 PM
Bill Marrinelli...You speak a lot of truths...but it's not just one party. Has Obama done a poor job?? Hell yeah. Did he bail out these big corporations when all of us wanted him to tell them go to hell, yes he did. But lets not forget he inherited a " cluster" from the worst president of my life and yours, that moron " W"..you think our country would be in a beter shape if we didnt spend 3 Trillion on a war that should never have occured?...Amercica needs better options than Obama. After watching the recent Republican debates, I dont see one do you? Thats what sucks for us. They all are worse than " O "
homey the clown November 17, 2011 at 11:11 PM
iraq war cost to date is about 760 billion. since 2007 us govt spends 1 trillion dollars more ANNUALLY. Your 3 trillion dollars figure is way off. If you want to say with interest etc then quadruple everything the govt spends money on. its all borrowed anyway.
Vito November 18, 2011 at 02:43 PM
As a post below indicates, this isn't a march or occupation of homeless or unemployed people, and although it has been a while, I don't recall seeing the folks in those Hooverville pictures carrying around the 1930's equivalent of the latest in technology, camping gear, smart-phones, and digital cameras. They were destitute and desperate in a time when there was no social safety net as there is today. Also, not sure what you are implying about "acting ethically or morally". Are you saying if you are wealthy you must have been unethical or immoral? Where is the income cut off line where one becomes unethical or immoral? To someone in poverty most of the residents in our town would be wealthy. Does that make you or me immoral? Broad generalizations about people or groups of people are unproductive and just get people defensive. I am sure there are many unethical and immoral people among the "1%", but doubt the percentage is any different among the "99%".
Vito November 18, 2011 at 02:48 PM
If we could only find a way to get that 70% independent group to vote that way. I think the only way meaningful change will occur is if we get some independent candidates, who owe no favors to the party, corporation, or organization that put them there, in positions where they can shake things up and get our government to do what is right for the people and not their party or that party's "friends".
Irene November 18, 2011 at 03:01 PM
I have a neighbor who was dragged through the system. He happens to be one of the most wonderful men I know, the real deal. There is not a selfish bone in his body. What a provider! What a hustler! I watched him be destroyed financially, emotionally and mentally because of what happened to he and his family. He could have lost his control on the people who did this to him, as it was competely unfounded, unfair, personal and driven by ego and hate. So QUESTION the integrity of those in charge ALL the time! Americans need to start using good common sense and ask, if it doesn't make sense, then fight against it! Indeed FIGHT by CLEAN LIVING. I KNOW this man could have physically wiped some of these dirt bag, big shots off the map if he wanted to. Instead, he showed self restraint, as a very blessed human being, it's a miracle. Anyway, he was victorious all on his own, thank heaven, and he never wavered. He didn't break, he worked hard, self sacrificed and he was a hero to his family, wife and his children. That is what each of us need to do, buckle down, shoulders square, do the right thing in our own lives. Stand strong, work hard, provide for ourselves and family, brake no laws, and stay the path. The entire world could fall down around you, but if you are focused, work hard, depend on no one else but yourself, you will have an abundant life. This man lives very humbly. He was never made financially whole, yet he isn't bitter. In fact he's the richest man I know!
Irene November 18, 2011 at 03:07 PM
Shame on the evil and corrupt people in all areas of government. Shame on them and I fully believe they had better check themselves and their own conscience. One day they will have to answer to a much higher power than the 99%. They had better know that this life is a fleeting one. Damaging the lives of others by vice and the seven deadly sins will bring negative Karma back to them. They think that life doesn't have that effect, they believe what they do in secret will not come back to haunt them. I have lived a long life, long enough to understand that nothing that is done in the darkness stays in the darkness because light is a true disinfectant.
Irene November 18, 2011 at 03:08 PM
To those that are given much, much is EXPECTED!
Bill Marrinelli November 18, 2011 at 08:27 PM
How many of you people here who are talking about fighting the good fight and joining the protest and being part of the solution supported the Tea Party and their demonstrations? Not many is my guess.......so don't lecture anyone about getting out there and protesting against the evils of america! Big government is big brother! The bigger the government the more corruption we are going to have......and what was wrong about the Tea Party demanding more financial accountability? ........ The Tea Party didn't need to deficate in the streets, smash windows, threaten police, threaten to murder top executives, didn't spit on people trying to go to their job to supprt their families, didn't assault women to the point of having to create a seperate camp for them in the park where they slept, didn't keep people from going to work by clogging up streets and shutting down bridges yet people heard their voice and went to the poles and did what they had to do and we are not done! OWS is hurting the left and will only strengthen our cause to reign in big government and to stop waisting tax payer money so we can re-invest in ourselves!
homey the clown November 18, 2011 at 09:33 PM
The biggest threat to Americans are the lies and spin on the news. Unemployment rate this year on Long Island is 7.9 % last year was 8%. Yet there are 11,300 less jobs here than last year. How about 117 articles on Herman Cains alleged improprietries? Newsweek covered it but didnt cover Monica Lewinski scandal? 95% of journalists who contributed in the last election gave to one party. Which one? Im gonna give you 2 guesses but you only need one. Wheres the coverage on fast and furious, solyndra, 445 million dollar no bid contracts. How come they arent telling us 24/7 that the price of oil is the highest its ever been this time of the year? How about telling us the unemployment number and then saying its more like double if you count underemployed. Why no mention that corzine was a big donor for you know who? And his political afiliation. And that he was being considered for a cabinet position after 2012. How about politics affecting jobs here with a pipeline that would bring oil from canada that wont be voted on until after the election. Its a disgrace that one side is affecting what we are all reading and thinking.
Irene November 18, 2011 at 11:20 PM
{{{{clapping for homey the clown}}}}} you get the gold star today homey, you said it perfectly!
Bill Marrinelli November 19, 2011 at 05:35 AM
Great post homey
Bill Marrinelli November 19, 2011 at 10:03 PM
More news is starting to come out regarding siga and the 443 million dollar no-bid contract to fight Small Pox. Ron Perelman (who is a one percenter and rated as one of the wealthiest men alive) is a major fund raiser for the democrats and has been fighting to fund Siga's development of a new small pox vaccine. In their defense a spokewoman for Siga claims the importance of creating a new vcaccine goes back to the Claim that Saddam Hussein had Small Pox as one of his secret weapons of Mass Destruction. ....... Am I missing something or have the democrats been saying that the war against Iraq was all about Oil since Saddan had no weapons of mass destruction? You can't have it both ways!!!! Anyway, the U.S. currently has over 3,000,000 doses of a drug to fight small pox should it suddenly and magically re-appear! ...... This was yet another tax payer thank you to an Obama campaign fund raiser........ He should be impeached.
Irene November 20, 2011 at 01:56 PM
You are absolutely correct Bill, and FYI, the post I made to "Bill" wasn't to you but the other Bill which you replied to me. I agree with you, and I am sorry because I would have stipulated which Bill I was referring to if I had only realized there were two on this thread. Anyway keep connecting the dots, Obama should be impeached, but we have a lot of spineless good for nuttins in Washington DC and locally too!
John Cosgrove November 23, 2011 at 03:24 PM
....Obama has been a HUGE disapointment...the village-idiot before him was even worse...But the repubs better get their house in order real soon or we will have for more years of Obama
Bill Marrinelli November 24, 2011 at 03:01 AM
John, the village idiot you label on Bush says nothing? If you want to compare the two we can start with the FACT that Obama created more debt in 2 1/2 years than Bush did in 8! You can also point to "Bush's" war against Iraq and that he lied about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction but now the Obama Administration's defense for awarding a no-bid contract to Siga to fight small pox by saying "Small Pox was part of Saddam Hussein's arsenal of weapons of mass destruction..." so which is it? Did Saddam have weapons of mass destruction or not? .... Remember when Obama was campaigning in 2008 and he announced he had already been to 57 states and would visit the remaining few shortly? .... And who did Bush pay off with Tax Payer money? You guys cried over Halliburton but how about the way Obama bailed out wall street and put more money into the hands of the 1%? What about Fanny, Freddy, AIG, SIGA, and let's not forget Solyndra! ... You guys claimed that the world hated us because of Bush but the fact is we have more people who hate us now than we did under Bush! Our relationships with Iran, China, and Russia is worse now than it was 3 years ago!!!! We ticked off Germany and France with the way we bailed out Wall Street and look at how Obama has treated Israel? Egypt is no longer an ally and is murdering catholics at will! Libya is now run by terrorists with ties to the Talliban! ........ A better comparrison would be between Barrak Obama and Jimmy Carter!! ........
John Cosgrove November 25, 2011 at 05:22 PM
Bill, no need to lump me in to the " you guys". I'm a moderate and will vote for who I feel will serve this country best. I started my last comment off by saying ..HUGE disapointment.I too was angered when he bailed out everyone EXCEPT those hard workers who voted for him We all know why Obama was elected. He followed the second worst President of my life ( youre right about Carter), and Mcain deceided to pick the Ditz-Queen to be his running mate. Bush was an arrogant moron. The country, the world many from his own party HATED him and Cheny and the rest of those arrogant tools. He made it east for the Obama fluff machine to gain power. But who do the REpubs have to beat him?? Rommney is Obama Part 2.. Newt???

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