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Occupy protesters say morning was 'cat and mouse'

Occupy Wall Street activists protests in Duarte Square on November 15, 2011 in New York City.

Steve Chiotakis: In New York, law enforcement moved in early this morning to clear out campers at privately-owned Zuccotti Park, saying the area needed to be cleaned. Protesters went to court to be allowed to return, and a hearing on that is scheduled sometime today.

David Scorca is a filmmaker and protester. He was around the site most of the night, and he's with us now. Hey David.

David Scorca: How you doing?

Chiotakis: What's it like down there right now, and as you saw a lot of these protesters moving away from Zuccotti Park?

Scorca: When I was there, the police had blocked off the area surrounding Zuccotti Park -- about a three block radius. And from there, protesters were broken up into smaller groups of about 100-300 people each.

My group happened to decide to march towards City Hall, and marched to Foley Square where we were surrounded by police. And then it was kind of a cat-and-mouse chase for the rest of the night.

Chiotakis: What do you think this eviction has done to your cause? Do you think -- you said people dispersed into different groups -- or do you think it's giving you more resolve?

Scorca: You know, I think that anytime the police take action against this protest -- repressing free speech, things like that -- it's going to definitely bolster the movement.

Chiotakis: So now that everybody's been cleared out of Zuccotti Park, David, what are you going to do next?

Scorca: You know, I'm hoping that every night they try to occupy a new park, or at least keep pushing to get back into Zuccotti. So I think that's the next big move. Otherwise it's just keeping the pressure on

Chiotakis: David Scorca is in New York and one of the protesters there at the Occupy Wall Street movement. David, thank you so much.

Scorca: Thank you.

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Steve Chiotakis was the host of Marketplace Morning Report until January 2012.

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