WATCH: NYPD clears out ‘Occupy City Hall’ camp after weeks-long standoff
NYPD officers in riot gear, armed with shields and helmets, cleared out the weeks-long ‘Occupy City Hall’ encampment in Manhattan's City Hall Park overnight. According to the police, it was a planned operation.
Footage from the scene shows the moment officers descended on the camp and warned protesters to leave or be arrested.
NYPD is now attacking the City Hall occupancy protest. Tearing down the community service tents. #nycprotestpic.twitter.com/Ia4HpxhvSy— Max Hornig (@swarmofgaybees) July 22, 2020
#BREAKING: Police clear out #OccupyCityHall encampment from City Hall Park; NYPD confirms planned overnight operationLatest: https://t.co/uweXNLNNYXpic.twitter.com/1L9Wsu63C9— PIX11 News (@PIX11News) July 22, 2020
There were no reports of major clashes, though some local media say there were at least four arrests during the operation, citing an unnamed NYPD spokesperson. Additional video uploaded to social media shows city workers and garbage trucks clearing the area of debris and trash.
Occupy City Hall is no more. Protestors tell me police moved in at about 3:30 am with no warning telling everyone to leave or be arrested. Several garbage trucks moving in @wcbs880pic.twitter.com/7vRKl3EK38— Steve Burns (@StvBurns) July 22, 2020
Tents, chairs, signs all getting thrown into DSNY trucks pic.twitter.com/hWYY0SLSf6— Steve Burns (@StvBurns) July 22, 2020
Some small groups of protesters lingered and confronted the police but it appears that, for now at least, the follow-up to the 2011 Occupy Wall Street movement, which took place just a few blocks away, is over.
Protesters had been camped out for weeks in a tense standoff with city authorities, as they called for the police to be defunded amid the groundswell of anti-police brutality protests across the country in recent weeks.
Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed he had stripped $1 billion from the NYPD budget but many felt it was just politicking and cooking the books rather than any meaningful change.
There had been repeated scuffles and clashes leading to multiple arrests since the ‘Occupy City Hall’ encampment took shape in late June amid mass Black Lives Matter protests across the US and beyond in the wake of the George Floyd killing by the police in Minneapolis.Also on rt.com NYPD rousts City Hall occupiers demanding $1bn defunding as critical budget vote arrives (VIDEO)
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