Under cover of night, New York City police have started to destroy the Occupy Wall Street protest area. NYT:
The New York City police began clearing Zuccotti Park of the Occupy Wall Street protesters about 1 a.m. Tuesday, telling the people there that the camp would be “cleared and restored” before the morning and that any demonstrator who did not leave would be arrested.
The protesters resisted with chants of “Whose park? Our park!” as the police began moving in and tearing down tents. The protesters rallied around an area known as “the kitchen” near the middle of the park and began building barricades with tables and pieces or scrap wood.
These night raids, as in Boston, are a sign of police and government weakness. If the police had the people behind them, they would be able to clear the Occupy encampments in broad daylight, and probably with general approval. In fact, because the protesters represent a significant fraction of the electorate, roughly estimated at about 100 million people nationwide, 44 percent of New Yorkers, according to recent surveys (Fox News says 69 percent approve of the Occupy protests, but that seems an outlier) authorities judge it better to work in the shadows.
Bloomberg is making his legacy in real time.