Evicted Occupy Wall Street Protesters Take Over Empty Lot
The Occupy Wall Street movement has taken a wild new turn as its displaced members take over an empty lot in Lower Manhattan!
"We want this space! We want this space! And we will take this space!" protesters chanted.
One man was arrested for allegedly cutting through a fence with a pair of wire cutters! Protesters poured into the lot, and then it got ugly!
The end result of the protesters having cut through that chain link fence is that they are being arrested. INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent was pushed back by the police as they took the arrestees onto the police bus. Trent was then pushed back further, away from the police bus. He saw at least ten protesters being arrested.
A day of total chaos began shortly after midnight Tuesday, as cops in riot gear cleared hundreds of protesters out of Zuccotti Park near Wall Street.
"This action was taken at this time of the day to reduce the risk of confrontation in the park," said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, defending his order to clear the park.
Bloomberg claimed it became a dangerous and unsanitary place during its two-month occupation.
"Unfortunately, the park was becoming a place where people came not to protest, but rather to break laws and in some cases to harm others," he said.
A YouTube video shows the chaotic middle-of-the night scene as Zuccotti Park was cleared and the tent city taken down. Hundreds were arrested.
Protesters will be permitted to return to the cleaned up park, but tents and sleeping bags will be prohibited, making it difficult for anyone to live there.
The protesters marched through the streets of Lower Manhattan before reaching the lot, which is the property of nearby Trinity Church, and then, things suddenly went wrong.