Very early this morning, the NYPD cleared Manhattan's Zuccotti Park of all protesters, tents, etc. -- some of whom had been encamped there for weeks on end. The raid resulted in at least 70 arrests. After a judge issued a temporary restraining order against New York City, everyone was forced to wait for a final ruling from a New York State judge. The decision just came down; its result is long overdue:
Protestors will not be allowed to bring tents and overnight gear to Zuccotti Park, a Manhattan judge ruled today, dealing a huge blow to themovement. With tensions simmering, demonstrators had spent the day surrounding the now-closed park near Wall Street as they waited for the judge's decision. Hours after the city forcibly evicted protestors, scrubbed down the park and closed it, Occupy Wall Street protests scattered across downtown Manhattan.
The city's plan to evict protesters after nearly two months early today resulted in the arrest of 200 protesters. The protest began Sept. 17 and many had been camped out at the park since then. Soon after the nighttime sweep, protesters went to a Manhattan judge, getting her to issue a temporary restraining order allowing them back inside. The city responded by closing the park.
Indoor plumbing is so once percent.
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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