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.
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