New York police eject Occupy protesters, arrest six

NEW YORK Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:20pm EDT

1 of 4. Occupy Wall Street protestors react as they are told to remove banners and signs from an area of Union Square Park in New York by police March 21, 2012.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 100 protesters from the reawakened Occupy Wall Street movement were ejected from Union Square Park early Wednesday after a standoff with police resulted in six arrests.

Police took the unusual step of closing the park just north of Greenwich Village a short time after midnight, ordering the crowd out, said a spokesman for the New York City Police Department.

"They were warned to leave the park due to it being closed," said a police spokesman. He added that no police or protesters were injured in Wednesday's action.

Witnesses said there were more than 100 protesters, but police declined to give a crowd estimate.

One person, Paul Schoechert, who refused to leave the park was arrested at 12:20 a.m. for disorderly conduct and violating a local law on park closure.

The crowd continued to mill around the area and before dawn five other men were arrested for blocking pedestrian traffic, police said. Charges against them range from obstruction of justice to resisting arrest.

They were identified as Yonatan Miller of Brooklyn, Dylan Novak of New Jersey, Devin Balkind of New York, Edward Hall of New York and Edward Mortimer of Maine, police said.

After months of dormancy, the Occupy movement gathered last weekend to mark the six months since its founding in lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park to decry economic inequality, and the celebration resulted in 76 arrests, police said.

Separately on Wednesday, police released a surveillance video showing Occupy Wall Street demonstrators on March 14 dragging large containers of human urine and feces to an open-air plaza in downtown Manhattan and pouring it down the stairs.

A few minutes later on the same evening, one of the demonstrators poured human waste inside a vestibule of a Chase bank cash machine, also in the city's financial district, police said.

Using information from a witness and a license plate number, police said they have charged Jordan Amos, 25, of Philadelphia, with unlawful possession of noxious matter.

(Editing by Paul Thomasch and Greg McCune)

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Comments (3)
xwagner wrote:
What’s up with using SWAT militarized police to roust peaceful protesters? POLICE STATE, anyone? OWS is the best thing to happen to the USA in forty years. Every time a cop swings a baton and cracks some citizen’s head open OWS advances in the hearts and minds of ordinary citizens. The police are *IDIOTS* for employing violence.

Mar 21, 2012 6:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
kkong164 wrote:
Poor babies. Too bad their skulls are still intact.

Mar 21, 2012 7:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AnonyAmerica wrote:
@xwagner: Your exactly right…
It would seem that the Police think that the Public are supporting their actions.. The action from the Police will push the movement into Revolution. They only see a couple of hundred people out there demonstrating. The Police do not realize how many people are watching and how many people actually side with Occupy..BAD MATH on their part.
I would hate to be a NYPD these days..

Mar 22, 2012 11:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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