Has New York City finally decided to stand up to Occupy Wall Street? A recent rapid shutdown of direct actions by the movement, combined with ongoing prosecutions, may indicate that the movement has worn out its welcome with the city–which is bad news as the group tries to reignite the movement for an ‘American Spring.’
Police confronted Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York’s Union Square just after midnight on Wednesday morning, forcing them to vacate their newly-established camp in the park. Officers, who cited a usually unenforced rule that the park be closed overnight, made one arrest, according to a report in The New York Post.
Jeff Rae, 31, who was arrested during a mass protest on the Brooklyn Bridge in October, posted the subpoena on his Twitter account Monday.The subpoena seeks all of Rae’s tweets from Sept. 15 — two days before the Occupy movement began in downtown Manhattan — through Oct. 31, along with account and contact information for Rae.The subpoena, which Twitter emailed to Rae, is dated March 8.A faxed cover sheet posted by Rae indicates that the Manhattan District Attorney’s office subpoenaed Twitter for five different user accounts. It was not immediately clear whether the other four are also Occupy defendants, though in January prosecutors filed a subpoena seeking similar information from Malcolm Harris, another arrested protester.