November 15th, 2011
10:20 AM ET

Judge orders New York to allow protesters, tents, in park

[Updated at 10:20 p.m. ET] A New York judge issued an order Tuesday morning allowing Occupy Wall Street protesters to return to Zuccotti Park, just hours after scores of police in riot gear ordered them out and tore down their tents.

The order from New York Supreme Court Judge Lucy Billings allows protesters to bring tents and other equipment back into the privately-owned park where the now-global Occupy movement began.

City officials had intended to allow protests to resume at the park, but said they would not allow demonstrators to set up tents or camp. The park will remain closed until officials sort out the legal situation, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

"We have an obligation to enforce the laws today, to make sure that everybody has access to the park so everybody can protest. That's the First Amendment and it's number one on our minds," he said. "We also have a similar, just as important obligation to protect the health and safety of the people in the park."

A hearing was scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET to discuss the order.

[Posted at 4:37 a.m. ET] Police in full riot gear moved in to New York's Zuccotti Park early Tuesday morning, threatening to arrest anyone who didn't evict the site that protesters have occupied for almost two months.

Dozens of protesters linked arms, defying the police and chanting "Whose park? Our park" and "You don't have to do this."

Police arrested at least 14 people, said Kanene Holder, a spokeswoman for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The New York Police Department would not comment on what prompted the eviction. But Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office said the move is temporary.

"Occupants of Zuccotti should temporarily leave and remove tents and tarps. Protestors can return after the Park is cleared," the mayor's office said in a tweet at 1:34 a.m.

About 10 minutes later, the eviction had begun.

The group's website video streamed the eviction under a banner headline that read, "NYPD is raiding Liberty Square." Liberty Square is the former name of the park.

While many protesters left without resisting, many others moved to the center of the park to an area known as the kitchen. There, they built barricades with tables to keep police away.

The air was thick with smoke, which some protesters said was from teargas that officers lobbed.

Others said officers took thousands of books from the camp's makeshift library and tossed them in Dumpsters.

"In an immense show of force, police have shown their presence," Holder said. "I've seen how agitated the police are, and some pushing and shoving to remove us."

CNN could not immediately confirm those accounts, as police kept journalists a block and a half away from the park during their ra

soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. s kel

    the business they (the occupiers) are protesting are for profit only. They (corperations) will outsourse a job for less paid workers in a min. They dont care about workers in America, the United States or anyone not wealthy. Thats what the occupiers want,at least thats the real purpose of it...

    November 15, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |

    "Banasy" is cute, occuhippies are gross. A$$, you make zero sense. S Kel, you make even less sense than a$$.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • A$$

      Its ok man, you'll get it soon enough.

      November 15, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    The term hippy is irrelevant to today's world. Much like union scab.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. michaelfury

    November 15, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    True. Banasy *is* cute.

    Everything else...not so much.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. s kel

    THIS JUST IN.....good name for you. Like your thick skull indicates, you cannot educate a consertivate close I expect a blind, close minded repu. like you not to understand of as you say" duh it makes no sense" .your pitiful...

    November 15, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. gung hoe

    @ banasy just curious ,do you agree with skels comment @719am and if so what part of it

    November 15, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. gung hoe

    @ skel about outsourceing it was your first black president that signed NAFTA into law the last I checked a dumacrat

    November 15, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. gung hoe

    @skel oh ya that was wild billy clinton if you dont remember

    November 15, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    @gung hoe:
    I agree with both Tori's and s kel's statements.
    I think people would rather see brute force against the OWSers; I don't know if it's because they dig violence, or of violence would make it more tangible to them...more of a real effort for change.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    @gung hoe:
    Negotiations for NAFTA began in 1986 under what President...?
    Negotiations were nearly finished when BC, the "first black President" (sigh) came into office.
    He signed into law, he didn't negotiate it.
    What dies NAFTA stand for?
    Where do you see overseas outsourcing when this agreement was between the US, Canada and Mexico?

    November 15, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. gung hoe

    Hey banasy mornin luv ok mayby you are right about the negotiations but he didnt need to put the bill into law.and i am with you with the ows ers i guess that I didnt make myself clear enough remember what you told me about how we all have the right 2 believe as we wanted thats what i meant about skels remarks

    November 15, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    @banasy after nafta my hometown became a ghosttown GM move to mexico

    November 15, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Well, of course we all have a right to disagree and we're both exercising that right. 😉
    But you think one man is going to be able to undo 8 years of negotiating by refusing to sign a bill that's already been passed? Really?

    November 15, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    @gung hoe, so did Gary, East Chicago, Hammomd, and all of NW Indiana's "steel cities". Blaming the dems on this one? Nope.

    November 15, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
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