This is breaking news. The NYPD has just started to evacuate the defacto ground zero of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City’s Zucotti Park.
In an unprecedented move, the New York Police Department has decided to evict the OWS protesters from their make-shift home of Zucotti Park in Lower Manhattan. This includes all tents and activity going on in said park, although it is not known when said eviction should take place other than immediately (can the protestors take solace in NYC’s tenant-leniant eviction laws? Your Blackbook correspondent isn’t so sure if these rules apply in city parks).
According to the New York Mayor’s official Twitter account, "Occupants of Zuccotti should temporarily leave and remove tents and tarps. Protestors can return after the Park is cleared". One can only assume that the protesters will find another park to convene in, as it is within NYC rights for the park to be evicted and cleaned. Dissatisfaction arose last month when a prospective park cleaning upset the ebb and flow of Zucotti protesters.
More on this story as it develops.
UPDATE 2:07am: Tents are being torn apart and press are not being allowed to enter, according to Sharif Kouddous.
UPDATE 2:15am: Protesters are leaving "with their belongings", according to the New York Obsever.
UPDATE 2:23am: Protesters are being told the site will be "cleared and restored" by tomorrow morning according to the NYPD.
UPDATE: 2:44am: The "Counter Terrorism Unit" has been sent in, according to Twitter user ReclaimUC.