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Post by Mr007 on Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:41 pm

The BBC's Laura Trevelyan at the scene said protesters could be seen leaving the park, dragging their belongings. There were some scuffles with police.

Riot police, wearing helmets and carrying shields and batons, blocked off access to the park, which was lit up with spotlights, and police helicopters with searchlights circled over the area.
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The riot police... wrestled them to the ground and cuffed them. Everyone I witnessed being arrested was resisting peacefully.”

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More people started arriving at the scene to support the protesters after they sent out a mass text message alerting followers to the raid.

Another protester, Hristo Voynov, an 18-year-old student who said there were about 150 people inside the park, told the BBC that "pretty much any reputable business has at least one or two cops in front of it to make sure everything is OK; any street within two blocks of the park is being barricaded, no-one can go anywhere close by".

Even though the clearance initially seemed to pass off peacefully, reports started coming in of protesters being forcibly evicted.

Our correspondent says she spoke to two protesters who told her that when they refused to leave police used batons and forcibly evicted them.

Another protester, who was not in the park at the time of the protest but was just outside, said police used pepper spray on him to try to disperse the crowds, our correspondent adds.

Protesters, some of whom shouted angrily at police, began marching to two locations in Lower Manhattan where they planned to hold rallies.



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