WATCH: NY Police remove “Occupy City Hall” encampment in raid

Per WashingtonExaminer police officers in New York City wearing riot gear forced out squatters and ripped down the “Occupy City Hall” encampment in City Hall Park during an early morning raid.

Protesters and homeless people who had gathered in tents near City Hall were notified around 4 a.m. Wednesday that they were breaking the law and had to leave the area. Most of the people living in the encampment left without issue, but seven people were arrested after sparring with police during the raid, which mirrored the one that cleared out the “Occupy Wall Street” encampment in 2011.

Tents and tarps that were housing the demonstrators were removed, and cleaning crews were sent in to scrub the area and remove the graffiti that had proliferated within the encampment.

NYPD riot police have driven City Hall occupants, at least half of whom have no other housing options. Tents and signs have been trashed.

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NYPD riot police have driven City Hall occupants, at least half of whom have no other housing options. Tents and signs have been trashed.

Occupy City Hall is no more. Protestors tell me police moved in at about 3:30 am with no warning telling everyone to leave or be arrested. Several garbage trucks moving in @wcbs880