New York City, Occupy Wall Street Headed To Court For Legal Showdown
Occupy Wall Street protesters continued to try to retake Zuccotti Park Tuesday morning, hours after nearly 200 protesters were arrested in a police sweep of the "Occupy" birthplace.
According to the New York Times:
"Updated, 11:51 a.m. | As of noon, the protesters were trying to retake the park, and had also occupied a lot owned by Trinity Church a mile north, at Canal Street. A hearing scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on protester’s retraining order against the eviction had not yet begun."
Hours after the police raid, a New York judge issued a temporary restraining order allowing the protesters to return, ruling that the park's owners, Brookfield Properties, would be prohibited from enforcing rules published post-occupation.
Despite that ruling, Mayor Bloomberg said he is waiting for a new judge to weigh in on the restraining order.
Bloomberg defended his decision to clear the park Tuesday morning, citing concerns over fires and other hazards.
Click here for the full statement from Bloomberg.
“Protesters have had two months to occupy the park with tents and sleeping bags. Now they will have to occupy the space with the power of their arguments," Bloomberg said in the statement.
For now, Zuccotti Park is closed to the public.
Pushed away from the park, many protesters have moved to Trinity Church at Canal St. and Sixth Ave., another public space.
Protesters used bolt cutters to open a fenced-in area.
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