New York (CNN) — Police in full riot gear moved in to New York’s Zuccotti Park early Tuesday morning, evicting hundreds of protesters from the site where the Occupy call to action began two months ago before spreading globally.
Dozens of protesters who had camped out at the Lower Manhattan park since September 17 linked arms in defiance. Many chanted, “Whose park? Our park” and “You don’t have to do this.”
Police arrested at least 14 people, said Kanene Holder, a spokeswoman for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Authorities did not immediately provide figures.
New York City Council member Ydanis Rodriguez was among those arrested, his spokesman, David Segal, told CNN.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office said the clearance is temporary.
“Occupants of Zuccotti should temporarily leave and remove tents and tarps. Protestors can return after the Park is cleared,” the mayor’s office said in a tweet at 1:34 a.m.
About 10 minutes later, the eviction began.
Police handed out notices from the park’s owner, Brookfield Office Properties, that said the continued occupation posed a health and fire hazard.