In the early morning hours yesterday after the New York City Council approved the City’s 2021 budget, NYPD officers advanced on Occupy City Hall protesters that had filled Centre and Chambers streets in downtown Manhattan, pushing them into City Hall Park. Though efforts by the police remained largely non-confrontational, many of the structures and stations set up by organizers were destroyed or damaged in the process.

The protestors have been camped in the area for a week, initially led by a group called VocalNY, and were calling for total defunding of the NYPD in the city’s new budget. VocalNY left the space after a budget decision last night that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez decried as a “disingenuous illusion,” but dozens of protesters and organizers…

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