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NYPD tried to impose a news blackout as they cleared the Wall Street Occupying protesters Zuccotti Park last night.
As police burst into the park in the early hours of Tuesday, the city closed the airspace in southern Manhattan to prevent new helicopters to take aerial photos of the scene. Vans were used to hide overlooking the park and a police cordon blocked the media accredited to the site. Some members of the press who were in the park or were able to do this say they were arrested, sprayed with pepper spray or aggressive treatment.
one of the few journalists on the scene when police stormed the Harkinson was Josh, a writer for the magazine Mother Jones. As police used tear gas to dislodge the protesters in the park last Harkinson identified as a member of the media and was physically dragged out of the park. He said journalists had to stay in a "press pen."Reporters
tweeted frustration with the hashtag # mediablackout and said that the police do not know, and even confiscation of press cards.The NYPD did not return calls for comment.
While most media are struggling to catch up with the raid at midnight, surprise, some sectors of the local media seem to have had knowledge of what the police were planning. The New York Post, a persistent critic of the occupation, was able to splash in the news, even though it happened after most newspapers went to press. The New York Times was also able to get coverage on their website early in the attack happened.
"Maybe Mayor Bloomberg was watching Syrian TV or maybe take Assad. Their tactics are similar to something seen in Damascus would be expected in the country claiming the democracy and freedom of expression, such as the United States, "said Karanja Gaçuça, a member of the Wall Street Occupy a working group to the press.
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