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Monday 4 May 2015

US police sweep out Occupy Wall Street camp, with a judge’s backing

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15:  A man is arrested as police clear of  Occupy Wall Street protesters outside the private park next to Juan Pablo Duarte square following their early morning eviction from Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since Sept. 17 in Zuccotti Park. Zuccotti Park became the epicenter of the global Occupy Wall Street movement  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: A man is arrested as police clear of Occupy Wall Street protesters outside the private park next to Juan Pablo Duarte square following their early morning eviction from Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since Sept. 17 in Zuccotti Park. Zuccotti Park became the epicenter of the global Occupy Wall Street movement (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Occupy Wall Street activists march through downtown Manhattan after police removed the protesters early in the morning from Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: A man is arrested as police clear the private park next to Juan Pablo Duarte square of Occupy Wall Street protesters following their early morning eviction from Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since Sept. 17 in Zuccotti Park. Zuccotti Park became the epicenter of the global Occupy Wall Street movement (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Occupy Wall Street protester Adam DePalma stands outside Zuccotti Park after police removed the protesters from the park early in the morning on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Protesters re-enter Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Police had removed the protesters from the park early in the morning. A judge ruled that protesters are allowed back to the park but won't be allowed to camp there. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Protesters celebrate after re-entering Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Police had removed the protesters from the park early in the morning. A judge ruled that protesters are allowed back to the park but won't be allowed to camp there. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Occupy Wall Street activists protest in Duarte Square after police removed the protesters early in the morning from Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Occupy Wall Street activists protest in Duarte Square after police removed the protesters early in the morning from Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Occupy Wall Street activists protest outside Zuccotti Park after police removed the protesters early in the morning from Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Occupy Wall Street activists climb a barricade outside Zuccotti Park after police removed the protesters early in the morning from Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Protesters carry copies of a court order outside Zuccotti Park after police removed the Occupy Wall Street protesters from the park early in the morning on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Retired Philadelphia Police Department Captain Ray Lewis protests outside Zuccotti Park after police removed the Occupy Wall Street protesters from the park early in the morning on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Retired Philadelphia Police Department Captain Ray Lewis (L) stands outside Zuccotti Park after police removed the Occupy Wall Street protesters from the park early in the morning on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Protester Leina Bocar stands outside Zuccotti Park after police removed the Occupy Wall Street protesters from the park early in the morning on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Protesters gather outside Zuccotti Park after police removed the Occupy Wall Street protesters from the park early in the morning on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Occupy Wall Street Protesters celebrate after re-entering Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Police had removed the protesters from the park early in the morning. A judge ruled that protesters are allowed back to the park but won't be allowed to camp there. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Protesters celebrate after re-entering Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Police had removed the protesters from the park early in the morning. A judge ruled that protesters are allowed back to the park but won't be allowed to camp there. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Protesters celebrate after re-entering Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Police had removed the protesters from the park early in the morning. A judge ruled that protesters are allowed back to the park but won't be allowed to camp there. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Protesters re-enter Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Police had removed the protesters from the park early in the morning. A judge ruled that protesters are allowed back to the park but won't be allowed to camp there. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: NYPD officers attempt to arrest an Occupy Wall Street activist after they gained entrance in to the private park next to Duarte Square to protest on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Police removed the protesters early in the morning from their encampment in Zuccotti Park. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Preston Rescigno/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: NYPD officers arrest Occupy Wall Street activists after they gained entrance in to the private park next to Duarte Square to protest on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Police removed the protesters early in the morning from their encampment in Zuccotti Park. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Preston Rescigno/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: NYPD officers arrest an Occupy Wall Street activist after they gained entrance in to the private park next to Duarte Square to protest on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Police removed the protesters early in the morning from their encampment in Zuccotti Park. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Preston Rescigno/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: A photographer is arrested as police clear the private park next to Juan Pablo Duarte square of Occupy Wall Street protesters following their early morning eviction from Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since Sept. 17 in Zuccotti Park. Zuccotti Park became the epicenter of the global Occupy Wall Street movement (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: A photographer is arrested as police clear a private space near Juan Pablo Duarte square of Occupy Wall Street protesters following their early morning eviction from Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since Sept. 17 in Zuccotti Park. Zuccotti Park became the epicenter of the global Occupy Wall Street movement (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Police emter a private space near Juan Pablo Duarte square to clear out Occupy Wall Street protesters following their early morning eviction from Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since Sept. 17 in Zuccotti Park. Zuccotti Park became the epicenter of the global Occupy Wall Street movement (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Arrested Occupy Wall Street activists board a NYPD bus after they gained entrance in to the private park next to Duarte Square to protest on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Police removed the protesters early in the morning from their encampment in Zuccotti Park. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Preston Rescigno/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Occupy Wall Street activists march through downtown Manhattan after police removed the protesters early in the morning from Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: A statue is seen in Zuccotti Park after police removed the Occupy Wall Street protesters early in the morning from Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Occupy Wall Street activists protest outside Zuccotti Park after police removed the protesters early in the morning from Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Occupy Wall Street activists protest outside Zuccotti Park after police removed the protesters early in the morning from Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Protestors meditate as a line of police wait to move in at the Occupy Oakland encampment on November 14, 2011, in Oakland, California. In the wake of violent confrontations with police, vandalism and the recent shooting near the encampment, Oakland mayor Jean Quan and city administrators issued eviction notices to protesters at the Occupy Oakland encampment. (Photo by Mathew Sumner/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Police stand around the Occupy Oakland camp after going through it to arrest those who remained inside on November 14, 2011, in Oakland, California. In the wake of violent confrontations with police, vandalism and the recent shooting near the encampment, Oakland mayor Jean Quan and city administrators issued eviction notices to protesters at the Occupy Oakland encampment. (Photo by Mathew Sumner/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 14: A protestor meditates as police move in to arrest him at the Occupy Oakland encampment on November 14, 2011, in Oakland, California. In the wake of violent confrontations with police, vandalism and the recent shooting near the encampment, Oakland mayor Jean Quan and city administrators issued eviction notices to protesters at the Occupy Oakland encampment. (Photo by Mathew Sumner/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Police form a line between protestors and Frank H. Ogawa Plaza during the eviction of the Occupy Oakland camp on November 14, 2011, in Oakland, California. In the wake of violent confrontations with police, vandalism and the recent shooting near the encampment, Oakland mayor Jean Quan and city administrators issued eviction notices to protesters at the Occupy Oakland encampment. (Photo by Mathew Sumner/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Police surround members of the clergy before arresting them during the eviction of the Occupy Oakland camp on November 14, 2011, in Oakland, California. In the wake of violent confrontations with police, vandalism and the recent shooting near the encampment, Oakland mayor Jean Quan and city administrators issued eviction notices to protesters at the Occupy Oakland encampment. (Photo by Mathew Sumner/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Police move protestors back during the eviction of the Occupy Oakland camp on November 14, 2011, in Oakland, California. In the wake of violent confrontations with police, vandalism and the recent shooting near the encampment, Oakland mayor Jean Quan and city administrators issued eviction notices to protesters at the Occupy Oakland encampment. (Photo by Mathew Sumner/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Police form a line between protestors and Frank H. Ogawa Plaza during the eviction of the Occupy Oakland camp on November 14, 2011, in Oakland, California. In the wake of violent confrontations with police, vandalism and the recent shooting near the encampment, Oakland mayor Jean Quan and city administrators issued eviction notices to protesters at the Occupy Oakland encampment. (Photo by Mathew Sumner/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 12: A paper Guy Fawkes mask is posted on the doors of Oakland City Hall across from the Occupy Oakland encampment on November 12, 2011 in Oakland, California. In the wake of violent confrontations with police, vandalism and the recent shooting near the encampment, Oakland mayor Jean Quan and city administrators have issued eviction notices to protesters at the Occupy Oakland encampment and have asked them to leave immediately. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Oakland police officers block the entrance to police headquarters as Occupy Oakland protesters march through the streets on November 12, 2011 in Oakland, California. In the wake of violent confrontations with police, vandalism and the recent shooting near the encampment, Oakland mayor Jean Quan and city administrators have issued eviction notices to protesters at the Occupy Oakland encampment and have asked them to leave immediately. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Occupy Oakland protesters carry a banner as they march through the streets on November 12, 2011 in Oakland, California. In the wake of violent confrontations with police, vandalism and the recent shooting near the encampment, Oakland mayor Jean Quan and city administrators have issued eviction notices to protesters at the Occupy Oakland encampment and have asked them to leave immediately. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 12: An Occupy Oakland protester carries a sign as he marches through the street on November 12, 2011 in Oakland, California. In the wake of violent confrontations with police, vandalism and the recent shooting near the encampment, Oakland mayor Jean Quan and city administrators have issued eviction notices to protesters at the Occupy Oakland encampment and have asked them to leave immediately. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 13: A note to Mayor Jean Quan hangs on the door of City Hall on November 13, 2011, in Oakland, California. In the wake of violent confrontations with police, vandalism and the recent shooting near the encampment, Oakland mayor Jean Quan and city administrators have issued eviction notices to protesters at the Occupy Oakland encampment and have asked them to leave immediately. (Photo by Mathew Sumner/Getty Images)
PORTLAND - NOVEMBER 13: Protesters sit in the middle of a road in defiance of police instructions near the Occupy Portland encampment November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. Portland police have reclaimed the two parks in which occupiers have been camping after a night of brinksmanship with protesting crowds of several thousands. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND - NOVEMBER 13: Thre women chat slogans near the former Occupy Portland encampment November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. Portland police have reclaimed the two parks in which occupiers have been camping after a night of brinksmanship with protesting crowds of several thousands. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND - NOVEMBER 13: Protesters march to Pioneer Square after being evicted from the Occupy Portland encampment in a downtown park November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. Portland police have reclaimed the two parks in which occupiers have been camping after a night of brinksmanship with protesting crowds of several thousands. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND - NOVEMBER 13: A young protester is led off to jail in handcuffs after being arrested near the Occupy Portland encampment November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. Portland police have reclaimed the two parks in which occupiers have been camping after a night of brinksmanship with protesting crowds of several thousands. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND - NOVEMBER 13: Protesters sit in the middle of a road in defiance of police instructions near the Occupy Portland encampment November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. Portland police have reclaimed the two parks in which occupiers have been camping after a night of brinksmanship with protesting crowds of several thousands. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND - NOVEMBER 13: A young protester shouts after he was placed in handcuffs and arrested near the Occupy Portland encampment November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. Portland police have reclaimed the two parks in which occupiers have been camping after a night of brinksmanship with protesting crowds of several thousands. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 13: A protester voices support for Occupy Portland November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. In spite of an eviction notice for early Sunday morning, Portland police delayed closing two downtown parks early today as thousands of people converged to support the Occupy Portland movement.(Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 13: Demonstrators mount an elk sculpture as they take part in Occupy Portland November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. In spite of an eviction notice for early Sunday morning, Portland police delayed closing two downtown parks early today as thousands of people converged to support the Occupy Portland movement.(Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 13: People stand cylindrical parking barriers as they observe a crowd at the Occupy Portland camp November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. In spite of an eviction notice for early Sunday morning, Portland police delayed closing two downtown parks early today as thousands of people converged to support the Occupy Portland movement. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 13: A woman drinks and dances at the Occupy Portland movement, November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. In spite of an eviction notice for early Sunday morning, Portland police delayed closing two downtown parks early today as thousands of people converged to support the Occupy Portland movement. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 13: An American flag has an ironic "closed" sign, as seen in Occupy Portland November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. In spite of an eviction notice for early Sunday morning, Portland police delayed closing two downtown parks early today as thousands of people converged to support the Occupy Portland movement.(Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 13: Police attempts to disperse a thick crowd at Occupy Portland November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. In spite of an eviction notice for early Sunday morning, Portland police delayed closing two downtown parks early today as thousands of people converged to support the Occupy Portland movement. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 13: Protesters at the Occupy Portland camp chant slogans and hold up signs November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. In spite of an eviction notice for early Sunday morning, Portland police delayed closing two downtown parks early today as thousands of people converged to support the Occupy Portland movement.(Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 13: A man is arrested for throwing something at a police man at Occupy Portland November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. In spite of an eviction notice for early Sunday morning, Portland police delayed closing two downtown parks early today as thousands of people converged to support the Occupy Portland movement.(Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 13: A man holds up an American flag as defiant protestors refuse to leave Occupy Portland November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. In spite of an eviction notice for early Sunday morning, Portland police delayed closing two downtown parks early today as thousands of people converged to support the Occupy Portland movement.(Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 13: Riot police are engulfed in a mass of defiant protestors at the Occupy Portland camp November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. In spite of an eviction notice for early Sunday morning, Portland police delayed closing two downtown parks early today as thousands of people converged to support the Occupy Portland movement. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND - NOVEMBER 13: Supporters of the participants of Occupy Portland stand on a roadside with candles November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. In spite of an eviction notice for early Sunday morning, Portland police delayed closing two downtown parks early today as thousands of people converged to support the Occupy Portland movement.(Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 13: Police on horseback prepare to act on Occupy Portland camp November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. In spite of an eviction notice for early Sunday morning, Portland police delayed closing two downtown parks early today as thousands of people converged to support the Occupy Portland movement.(Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 13: A young woman sings songs and holds a candle in support of the Occupy Portland camp November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. In spite of an eviction notice for early Sunday morning, Portland police delayed closing two downtown parks early today as thousands of people converged to support the Occupy Portland movement. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND - NOVEMBER 13: A woman reacts as the Occupy Wall Street protests continue November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. Portland police have reclaimed the two parks in which occupiers have been camping after a night of brinksmanship with protesting crowds of several thousands. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND - NOVEMBER 13: A protester pleads with police during a demonstration near the Occupy Portland encampment November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. Portland police have reclaimed the two parks in which occupiers have been camping after a night of brinksmanship with protesting crowds of several thousands. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND - NOVEMBER 13: Police in riot gear with batons stand their ground near the Occupy Portland encampment November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. Portland police have reclaimed the two parks in which occupiers have been camping after a night of brinksmanship with protesting crowds of several thousands. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND - NOVEMBER 13: A protester is tackled and handcuffed near the Occupy Portland encampment November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. Portland police have reclaimed the two parks in which occupiers have been camping after a night of brinksmanship with protesting crowds of several thousands. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND - NOVEMBER 13: A protester pleads with police during a demonstration near the Occupy Portland encampment November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. Portland police have reclaimed the two parks in which occupiers have been camping after a night of brinksmanship with protesting crowds of several thousands. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND - NOVEMBER 13: A rooster, belonging to a demonstrator walks near a police barricade at the Occupy Portland encampment November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. Portland police have reclaimed the two parks in which occupiers have been camping after a night of brinksmanship with protesting crowds of several thousands. Urban chicken-cooping is a popular activity in the area. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND - NOVEMBER 13: A police man in riot gear watches as protesters continue to chant slogans and sing songs near the Occupy Portland encampment November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. Portland police have reclaimed the two parks in which occupiers have been camping after a night of brinksmanship with protesting crowds of several thousands. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND - NOVEMBER 13: A young protesters hair swishes through the air as he nods his head after he was placed in handcuffs and arrested near the Occupy Portland encampment November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. Portland police have reclaimed the two parks in which occupiers have been camping after a night of brinksmanship with protesting crowds of several thousands. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND - NOVEMBER 13: Police in riot gear work to remove remaining protesters from the streets around the Occupy Portland encampment November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. Portland police have reclaimed the two parks in which occupiers have been camping after a night of brinksmanship with protesting crowds of several thousands. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND - NOVEMBER 13: A protester sits in the street in defiance of police orders near the Occupy Portland encampment November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. Portland police have reclaimed the two parks in which occupiers have been camping after a night of brinksmanship with protesting crowds of several thousands. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
PORTLAND - NOVEMBER 13: A young protester is arrested near the Occupy Portland encampment November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. Portland police have reclaimed the two parks in which occupiers have been camping after a night of brinksmanship with protesting crowds of several thousands. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)

A judge has ruled that the dismantling of the Occupy Wall Street encampment in a pre-dawn raid by police was legal — meaning protesters will not be allowed to set up camp again.

Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman last night upheld the city’s move, saying that the protesters’ constitutional rights don't entitle them to camp out indefinitely in the plaza.

Zuccotti Park had become the epicentre of a movement protesting against corporate greed and economic inequality

In a swoop executed with military precision in the dead of the previous night, police had moved in to demolish the two-month-old protest camp, sparking a day of confrontations with angry demonstrators in the US financial capital.

Officers arrived without warning at 1am and demanded protesters leave Zuccotti Park with the tents, tarpaulins and other belongings that threatened to become a permanent fixture.

While some residents of the camp left of their own accord, several dozen chained themselves together and to trees and were forcibly removed.

Several hundred more people, summoned by social networks, joined them in the streets throughout the night, but the New York Police Department blocked off access to the area. In less than three hours the police had cleared the park completely and steam-cleaned the area.

Over 200 people were arrested during the operation and in the subsequent hours, as displaced protesters assembled, marched or ran through the nearby streets. By mid-morning scores of people attempted to set up an alternative camp on a disused lot 10 minutes north of Zuccotti Park, but more than 100 police officers moved in to arrest them.

And last night the park was once again the focal point of protesters' anger. A ring of police in riot gear stood guard around the perimeter of the empty park while hundreds of people gathered outside chanting slogans demanding to be let back in.

The tense stand-off came as the legal drama played out in a nearby courthouse over whether New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg had acted illegally in ordering the demolition, and would have to allow the protesters to return.

Mr Bloomberg said that the New York camp had become too unsanitary and dangerous for people to keep living there and had to be removed.

Following the lead from New York, the City of London Corporation yesterday relaunched legal action against protesters camped outside St Paul's Cathedral. The Corporation previously offered to give the protesters until the new year to leave.

Stuart Fraser, policy chairman at the Corporation, said: “We'd still like to sort this without court action but from now on we will have to have any talks in parallel with court action — not instead.”

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