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A view of Zuccotti Park after authorities cleaned it following an overnight surprise sweep.
Below is the unedited text of the notice police handed Occupy Wall Street protesters on behalf of Brookfield Properties, the owner of Zuccotti Park, as they evacuated the movement headquarters in a surprise overnight raid.
Notice of Requirement To
Remove Property From Zuccotti Park
Attention Please. This announcement is being made on behalf of the owner of this property, Brookfield Properties, and the City of New York.
The City has determined that the continued occupation of Zuccotti Park poses an increasing health and fire hazard to those camped in the park, the City’s first responders, and to the surrounding community.
You are required to immediately remove all property, including tents, sleeping bags, and tarps from Zuccotti Park. That means you must remove the property now. As has been previously announced, the storage of these materials at this location is not allowed. We also require that you immediately leave the park on a temporary basis so that it can be cleared and restored for its intended use.
You will not (sic) be allowed to return to the park in several hours, when this work is complete. If you decide to return, you will not be permitted to bring tents, sleeping bags, tarps and similar materials with you.
As noted above, once the park has been cleared of tents, sleeping bags and tarps you will be allowed to return, subject to the rules governing the use of this park. The sooner the clearing is accomplished, the sooner you can return. The park will be open for public use once it is cleared and restored.
If you fail to immediately remove your property, we will do so and transport it to the Department of Sanitation parking garage at 650 West 57th street, where you will be able to recover it as of noon today, with proper identification. If you fail to immediately leave the park or in any manner interfere with efforts to remove property from the park, you will be subject to arrest.