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Occupy Wall Street Protesters Trickle Back To Zuccotti Park

Occupy Wall Street protesters are once again being allowed inside Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park.

The removal of security barricades came one day after civil liberties groups complained the city was violating its own rules by restricting access to the park.

The barricades had been up since police raided the park on the morning of November 15.

The New York City Police Department says the barricades were no longer needed.

Soon after the barriers were removed, several dozen protesters joined to celebrate.

“It’s ridiculous that they were up to begin with. The mayor supposedly said the protesters will be free to congregate in the park and they can organize demonstrations, et cetera. The only thing they can’t do is sleep in the park, bring tents and sleeping bags. And then we see this thing like a penitentiary,” said one demonstrator.

“It’s a bit of a victory but it’s not about what’s going on in the square. It’s about having a place to come to and represent for the movement,” said another.

Some protesters remained in the park through the night as police and private security officials enforced the rules which prohibit sleeping as well as tents and camping equipment.

The Associated Press reports two people were taken into custody overnight and charged with resisting arrest and trespassing.

A third was also arrested for trespassing.

(Source: NY1)

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