New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended his decision to clear the park that was the birthplace of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, saying “health and safety conditions became intolerable” in the park where the protesters had camped for nearly two months, the New York Times reports. “New York City is the city where you can come and express yourself,” he said. “What was happening in Zuccotti Park was not that.” He said protesters had taken over the park, “making it unavailable to anyone else.” A court will hold a hearing today on a lawsuit challenging the eviction of protesters.
Officials said nearly 200 people were arrested, most on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Yesterday in Oakland, Ca., hundreds of police officers raided the main Occupy encampment, arresting 33 people. Protesters returned later in the day. Police said no one would be allowed to sleep there anymore, and promised to clear a second camp nearby.