Occupy Wall Street continued to move forward Tuesday, following an early-morning police raid which emptied Zuccotti Park, the protest’s focal point for 59 days.
According to an online post not directly affiliated with Occupy, the protesters’ website streamed live video as the raid unfolded. The website also urged people to “get to the park immediately for eviction defense.” Demonstrators shouted “We love our country” and “You don’t have to do this.”
The nationwide Occupy movement stood in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, urging supporters to call the Civil Rights Division of the federal Justice Department in Washington at (202) 514-4609.
After the raid, in which 70 protesters were arrested, city officials declared Occupy Wall Street could return to the park, but not with tents, tarps, or other camping gear.
Protesters reportedly won a court order Tuesday, allowing them to return to the park with tents. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed to fight that court order, however. Zuccotti Park remained closed Tuesday morning. Protesters appeared to be marching back to the park in the late morning to “take it back.”
Occupy Wall Street announced a 9 a.m. post-raid rally and general assembly on its Facebook page, posting: “This is not the end, but a new beginning. The 99% will not stop until we have a just society. The 1% are afraid, they are outnumbered. You cannot evict an idea whose time has come! Over a hundred arrests will not stop us. Beating and pepper-spraying us will not stop us. This just shows that they are scared, and we are winning! State repression is a condition of our victory!”
Following the raid, Occupy Wall Street more strongly emphasized a large demonstration planned for Thursday.
“It is more important than ever that you come and show that the 99% is here to stay and we are stronger than ever,” protesters posted on Facebook.
Scott Nance is the editor and publisher of the news site The Washington Current. He has covered Congress and the federal government for more than a decade.