Occupy Wall Street No Longer Allowed Tarps and Sleeping Bags In Zuccotti As Of Tomorrow

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Jake Moore
Last night in Zuccotti, a protester smoked in their makeshift tent.
As we reported earlier, the city is coming in to clean Zuccotti Park tomorrow whether Occupy Wall Street likes it or not. (They don't). And now they're stepping up their response another notch: Ray Kelly told reporters that "People will have to remove all their belongings and leave the park." Not only that, they won't be allowed to bring back camping gear or even lie down, thus ending the sleeping part of the occupation. Things might get messy, since OWS shows no signs of giving in.

They've put out an "EMERGENCY CALL TO ACTION: Prevent the forcible closure of Occupy Wall Street!" and are urging people to go to Zuccotti at 6 a.m. tomorrow for "non-violent eviction defense."

According to the Daily News' Twitter, protesters are asking the crowd to "mobilize at 6 a.m. with 'differently [sic] levels of cooperation, depending on your arrestability.'"

OWS spokesman Patrick Bruner said today that a "variety of actions" are being considered for tomorrow morning, and that "the consensus seems to be that we will not leave the park."

When asked about the possibility of mass arrests, Bruner said that "there are a variety of options that have been brought up in terms of how to resist. People are empowered to make that decision for themselves."

[rgray@villagevoice.com] [@_rosiegray]

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