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On the scene as Occupy Wall Street is evicted


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    Zuccotti Park after it was cleared by police this morning and cleaned up.

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    Occupy Wall Street protesters move to Duarte Park in New York City.

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    Notice of eviction from Zuccotti Park in NYC.

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    Protesters are evicted from Zuccotti Park, the first location of the Occupy movement.

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    A police officer stands by as protesters leave the park.

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    Occupy Wall Street protesters gather in Foley Square after being evicted from Zuccotti Park.

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    Just a few blocks from Zuccotti Park, Occupy protesters gather in Manhattan after being evicted.

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    Occupy Wall Street protesters in Foley Square.

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    Occupy Wall Street protesters await to return to Zuccotti Park.

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    Workers clean up Zuccotti Park after protesters were evicted by police this morning in New York City.

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    Zuccotti Park after the cleaning.

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    Zucotti Park.

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Jeremy Hobson: We'll start at the original site of the Occupy Wall Street Protests: Zuccotti Park in New York City. Demonstrators have been camped out there since September, but at about 1am New York time, the park was cleared
out by police. They say they need to clean the park, and that protesters will be allowed
back in -- but without tents or tarps.

Marketplace's Stacey Vanek Smith is live with us from Zuccotti Park with the latest. Good morning Stacey.

Stacey Vanek Smith: Good morning Jeremy.

Hobson: So what's it like down there? Describe the scene.

Smith: Well Jeremy, as you know from having been down here yourself, Zuccotti Park was really a vibrant place with tents and a library and a kitchen -- I mean, it was really like a little city.

Hobson: Yeah.

Smith: It's been completely cleared out now, completely barricaded off. There are police in riot gear everywhere, and protesters are slumped on the sidewalk, I think regrouping and figuring out where to go next.

Hobson: And I know that there are some reports that they have regrouped in some of the other places in lower Manhattan. What are the protesters saying right now to you, Stacey?

Smith: Everybody's still pretty upset and shocked, I think. I spoke with Anson Allsights, who watched the park getting cleared and a lot of people's belongings getting thrown away. Here he is:

Anson Allsights: Well, I mean, I saw them just throwing away all of the tents. They're just taking everything that was left in the park and throwing it away. Apparently the people did not have enough time to remove their valuables -- a lot of the equipment, all of the tents are in the dumpster now.

Protesters got fliers from police saying that the protest had become a health and fire safety hazard.

Hobson: Stacey Vanek Smith of Marketplace. She's live with us from Zuccotti Park in New York. Thanks Stacey.

Smith: Thanks Jeremy.

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Stacey Vanek Smith is a senior reporter for Marketplace, where she covers banking, consumer finance, housing and advertising.

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