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OWS Surges Back Into Zuccotti Park.
January 2, 2012 12:20 AM

It's very clear by the actions of Occupy Wall Street on New Year's Eve that this movement isn't going away anytime soon:

More than 500 people associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement gathered in Zuccotti Park on Saturday and, in a return to scenes from earlier in the year, the evening began with the sound of drumming and calls of the now familiar slogan, "We are the 99 percent" -- and it ended with torn-down barricades and a scuffle with police officers.

Just after 10:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve, officers carried a person out of the park, prompting protesters to follow behind them, shouting "Shame!" The reason the person was escorted away was unclear.

About 20 minutes later, a group of protesters grabbed some of the metal barricades that surround the park and began piling them inside. As they gripped the barricades, police officers took hold as well, and a shoving match began, the silver bars trapped in between. At least one police officer fired an arch of pepper spray into the crowd behind those barricades.

Moments later, at least a dozen police officers charged into the park, plowing directly into a crowd of people, some of whom were trying to flee, pushing and shoving. One man was thrown down and pinned to the ground by several officers.

2012 is going to be a very busy year for #OWS.




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