Occupy Wall Street Protesters Stripped of Their Power, Literally, by Fire Department and NYPD

NY Daily News - October 28, 2011

by Christina Boyle DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Dozens of firefighters and police officers entered Zuccotti Park Friday morning to confiscate generators and gas canisters.

The city has stripped Occupy Wall Street protesters of their power.

Dozens of firefighters and police officers entered Zuccotti Park Friday morning to confiscate generators and gas canisters.

Fire trucks and police vans pulled up on the corner of Broadway and Liberty St. at about 8.30 a.m. and asked the Occupy Wall Street protesters to bring the items to them, saying they were a health and fire hazard.

"They made an announcement on a bullhorn saying: 'We are here to take the generators, could you please bring them up to us on the corner of Broadway and Liberty Street'," said James Bennett, a member of the information working group.

When no one from Occupy Wall Street surrendered the generators, more than 20 uniformed FDNY and NYPD officials entered the park to seize them, witnesses said.

The protesters say five generators were seized in total, including one which was biodiesel and ran on used vegetable oil.

Several canisters were also taken, some empty, some with vegetable oil and one with gasoline, Occupy Wall Street say. No arrests were made and the incident was peaceful, the city said.