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

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  1. Scottish Mama

    @Gung – I think we had a republican house and senate when the bill was passed,(Spr. of house, Newt Gingrich) along with the bill, was deregulation of banks, and the spending bill for Fmr. President Bill Clinton.

    November 15, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    @banasy reagon had a demacratic congress as did the first bush.You know I really dont understand other than the dems has their side so brainwashed that the people cant see their candidates for what they are. Heck even MLK could see and was warning his people what the demacratic party was doing to themThats why the kennedys and the teamsters had him silenced .But I can not make you see something that you choose not to

    November 15, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    @gung hoe:
    And I can't make you see something you refuse to see.
    Let's move on.

    And as for you second statement, go ahead and add another conspiracy theory into the mix.
    MLK won't care...he's dead.

    Brainwashing. Ha.

    November 15, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    @mourning moma yep dodd and barney frank took advantage of that deregulation didnt they by just completely destroying the ecomy didnt they

    November 15, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    And I don't understand why people don't actually *read* my posts; I have stated on many, many occasions that I'm an Independent.

    November 15, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tangie

    Gung hoe, first black president? That would be BO. Anyone can see that your following you party's smear campaign when you say that.

    November 15, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. gung hoe

    @banasy I guess if you are independant Iam too .I voted for carter and clinton and wouldve voted for hillary, but that didnt work out

    November 15, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. Scottish Mama

    Gung-North American Free Trade Agreement- Nafta-Republican idea-yes-President H. W. Bush signed a ceremonial bill with Canadian-Brian Mulroney and Mexican Pres. Carlos Salinas on Dec, 17, 1992, Bush pass a required radification before Pres Clinton was put into office, before the law was signed on November 17, 1993/ 132 republicans/ 102 dems/ passed 234/200. Senate passed withe 34republicans/27dems. Clinton signed it into law on Dec 8,1993 and law on Jan.1,1994.
    Prior to sending the bill to Senate Clinton put causes in, to protect the workers and to allay concerns of the house members.
    Written by Newt Gingrich. It is the reason we cannnot close off the border to Mexico,33million trucks pass the border, second largest free trade zone.

    November 15, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. gung hoe

    @tangie SORRY bill put that name on himself sorry Iam independent

    November 15, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    @gung hoe:
    Well, then, as an independent, you can see both sides of the coin, right?
    You can see the good in both parties?
    Because *I* can.

    November 15, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Tangie

    Where and when, gung hoe? Provide proof.

    November 15, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. BOMBO

    The city should be charging them rent and forcing them to clean up their mess. Who raised these kids, anyway?

    November 15, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    Thats not fair moma but see both parties are at fault boo hoo stil luv you to moma

    November 15, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. Scottish Mama

    Okay they will not post my posts about Dodd and Frank. I will take it one line at a time.

    November 15, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. Scottish Mama

    Dodd and Frank Federal Stat**ute July 1,2010. Wall street reforms and consumer protection act.

    November 15, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
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