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Occupy Wall Street Faces Evictions

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The Occupy Wall Street movement is facing evictions in multiple cities after two months of demonstrations in city parks and squares. In the past two weeks, police have forcibly removed protesters from their encampments in Denver, Portland, Salt Lake City, Oakland, Zurich, and now New York City. Overnight, New York City police officers moved into Zucotti Park, handing out fliers telling protesters they had to leave or face arrest. (The Mayor's Office claimed it was only temporary, to allow for cleaning.) Currently some 150 protesters are gathered around Zucotti Park, preparing to re-occupy if a judge decides the city has not shown just cause for eviction. Collected here are images from several of the recent evictions, as Occupy Wall Street protesters face a turning point in their movement. [40 photos]

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Police move through a makeshift kitchen, known as the Thunderdome, at Occupy Denver, smashing as they walk. The clearing out of Civic Center Park began on November 12, 2011, six Saturdays after Occupy Denver began with hundreds of participants marching through the city's downtown. (AP Photo/Leah Millis - The Denver Post)
Police move through a makeshift kitchen, known as the Thunderdome, at Occupy Denver, smashing as they walk. The clearing out of Civic Center Park began on November 12, 2011, six Saturdays after Occupy Denver began with hundreds of participants marching through the city's downtown. (AP Photo/Leah Millis - The Denver Post)
An Occupy Denver protester is searched after being tackled and arrested by Denver police, who began arresting people on the 16th Street Mall, on November 12, 2011, in Denver, to end their second march of the day. (AP Photo/Leah Millis - The Denver Post) #
Smoke lingers after police put out a large fire in a grill before moving protesters out of Civic Center Park, on November 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Leah Millis - The Denver Post) #
Police officers hold the line as they remove belongings left behind after they cleared Civic Center Park, on November 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Leah Millis - The Denver Post) #
Riot police are engulfed in a mass of defiant protesters at the Occupy Portland camp, on November 13, 2011, in Portland, Oregon. In spite of an eviction notice for early Sunday morning, Portland police delayed closing two downtown parks early today as thousands of people converged to support the Occupy Portland movement. (Natalie Behring/Getty Images) #
A protester pleads with police during a demonstration near the Occupy Portland encampment, on November 13, 2011, in Portland, Oregon. Portland police have reclaimed the two parks in which occupiers have been camping after a night of brinksmanship with protesting crowds of several thousands. (Natalie Behring/Getty Images) #
Police officers arrests a protester in the Portland encampment, on November 13, 2011, in, Portland, Oregon. In a tense escalation of the Occupy Portland protest, police in riot gear Sunday surrounded demonstrators in a downtown park area after hundreds of people defied the mayor's order to leave the park by midnight. By early afternoon, officers had mostly surrounded the camp where the protesters were holding a "general assembly" meeting to discuss their next moves following the eviction order. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) #
Debris is scattered on the grounds of a park where Occupy Portland demonstrators camped, on November 14, 2011, in, Portland, Oregon. Two downtown Portland parks where Occupy Portland demonstrators camped for weeks are clear Monday and police say crews will be removing debris and assessing damage. Mayor Sam Adams ordered the camps cleared over the weekend because of unhealthy conditions, drug use and other crime. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) #
Police in riot gear are silhouetted against cyclone and barbed wire fencing surrounding Chapmen Square where the Occupy Portland camp used to be in Portland, Oregon, on November 13, 2011. Protesters were allowed back into the camp early Sunday morning but police in riot gear came in later in the day, moved the protesters out and started cleaning up and fencing the park blocks. (AP Photo/Don Ryan) #
Police arrest an Occupy Wall Street protester in Portland, Oregon, early November 13, 2011. (Reuters/Steve Dipaola) #
Protesters at the Occupy Portland camp chant slogans and hold up signs on November 13, 2011, in Portland, Oregon. In spite of an eviction notice for early Sunday morning, Portland police delayed closing two downtown parks early today as thousands of people converged to support the Occupy Portland movement.(Natalie Behring/Getty Images) #
Members of the Occupy Paradeplatz movement look on as Zurich riot police officers stand guard during their removal from the Lindenhof in Zurich, on November 15, 2011. Police began to clear the Lindenhof in downtown Zurich on early Tuesday morning, where protesters from the movement have been camping since October. (Reuters/Christian Hartmann) #
Zurich riot police officers carry a protester as they remove members of the Occupy Paradeplatz movement from the Lindenhof in Zurich, on November 15, 2011. (Reuters/Christian Hartmann) #
Police officers arrest an Occupy Oakland demonstrator inside a tent at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, California, on November 14, 2011. (Reuters/Stephen Lam) #
An Occupy Oakland protester is handcuffed to be detained as police officers take down the Occupy Oakland encampment at the Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of the Oakland City Hall, on November 14, 2011, in Oakland, California. Hundreds of police in riot gear swept into the Occupy Oakland site at dawn on Monday, an officer said, ordering protesters to leave the camp, which has been a weeks-long source of tension for the California city. (Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images) #
Police officers take down tents of the Occupy Oakland encampment to evict Occupy Oakland protesters, who are camping at the Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of the Oakland City Hall, on November 14, 2011, in Oakland, California. (Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images) #
Police break up an encampment for an Occupy Wall Street demonstration in Oakland, California, on November 14, 2011. Police in Oakland began clearing out a weeks-old encampment early Monday after issuing several warnings to Occupy demonstrators. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) #
A view shows the empty Occupy Oakland campsite following an eviction, in Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, California, on November 14, 2011. (Reuters/Beck Diefenbach) #
Workers clear debris from Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, California, on November 14, 2011. (Reuters/Robert Galbraith) #
Demonstrators re-enter the Frank H. Ogawa plaza after authorities moved in and evicted Occupy Oakland's encampment in Oakland, California, on November 14, 2011. Police moved in early on Monday and cleared out anti-Wall Street protesters from Oakland's City Hall plaza, arresting 33 people but avoiding the sort of clashes that marked a previous attempt to shut down the Occupy Oakland camp. (Reuters/Stephen Lam) #
Pat Kanzler, of Eureka, California, stands outside the Humboldt County Courthouse in Eureka, California, Monday morning, November 14, 2011. Earlier Monday, authorities arrested 32 people and cleared out an Occupy encampment. Eureka police Sgt. Stephen Watson told the San Francisco Chronicle that the people arrested will be held until they post bail, and that the Humboldt County district attorney will file unlawful lodging and other charges. (AP Photo/The Times-Standard, Josh Jackson) #
Police officers disperse Occupy Wall Street protesters near the encampment at Zuccotti Park in New York, early Tuesday, November 15, 2011. At about 1 a.m. Tuesday, police handed out notices from the park's owner, Brookfield Office Properties, and the city saying that the park had to be cleared because it had become unsanitary and hazardous. Protesters were told they could return, but without sleeping bags, tarps or tents. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) #
People link arms a few blocks from Zuccotti Park as New York City officials clear the Occupy Wall Street protest from the park in the early morning hours of November 15, 2011, in New York. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images) #
A man confronts a New York Police Department officer a few blocks from Zuccotti Park as New York City officials clear the Occupy Wall Street protest from the park in the early morning hours of November 15, 2011, in New York. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images) #
New York City police officers scuffle with Occupy Wall Street protesters after they were evicted from Zuccotti Park, on November 15, 2011, in New York City. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images) #
A New York City police officer scuffles with Occupy Wall Street protesters after they were evicted from Zuccotti Park, on November 15, 2011, in New York City. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images) #
An Occupy Wall Street protester is arrested by New York City police officers after the protesters were evicted from Zuccotti Park, on November 15, 2011, in New York City. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images) #
An arrested Occupy Wall Street protester screams from a police van, on November 15, 2011, in New York. Police evicted the protesters from Zuccotti Park. Hundreds of police in riot gear dismantled the Occupy Oakland camp Monday, evicting and arresting protesters in the second such US move in as many days as authorities get tough against the two-month-old protest movement. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images) #
A protester affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement pours milk over the eyes of another fellow protester to ease the pain from pepper spray during an unannounced raid by the New York City Police Department outside Zuccotti Park in New York, in the early hours of November 15, 2011. (Reuters/Andrew Burton) #
A woman yells at New York Police Department officers as New York City officials clear the Occupy Wall Street protest from Zuccotti Park in the early morning hours of November 15, 2011, in New York City. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images) #
An Occupy Wall Street protester yells out at police after being ordered to leave Zuccotti Park, the Movement's longtime encampment in New York, early Tuesday, November 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) #
Police officers order Occupy Wall Street protesters to leave Zuccotti Park, the Movement's longtime encampment in New York, early Tuesday, November 15, 2011. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) #
Trash is piled high near Zuccotti Park, Occupy Wall Street's longtime encampment in New York, during the cleanup effort early Tuesday, November 15, 2011. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) #
Lieutenant Hayward of the New York Police Department prepares to strike Brent Schmidt (right) after members of the Occupy Wall Street movement were removed from Zuccotti Park in New York November 15, 2011. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #
New York City sanitation workers clear the Occupy Wall Street protest from Zuccotti Park in the early morning hours of November 15, 2011, in New York City. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images) #
A member of the Department of Sanitation removes a drum, among other belongings of the Occupy Wall Street movement, from Zuccotti Park in New York, on November 15, 2011. Authorities declared that the continued occupation of Zuccotti Park -- which had become a sea of tents, tarps and protest signs with hundreds of demonstrators sleeping there -- posed a health and safety threat. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #
Workers use pressure washers to clean Zuccotti Park after New York City police in riot gear removed Occupy Wall Street protesters early on November 15, 2011, in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #
A man sits on the back of a New York Police Department squad car as he is surrounded by demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York, on November 15, 2011. Police wearing helmets and carrying shields evicted protesters with the Occupy Wall Street movement early on Tuesday from the park in New York City's financial district where they have camped since September, dismantling their tent city and arresting about 70 people. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #
A pedestrian takes a picture of an empty and closed Zuccotti Park in New York, early on November 15, 2011. Police officers evicted Occupy Wall Street protesters from the park overnight. The National Lawyers Guild obtained a court order allowing the protesters to return with their tents to the park, where they have camped for two months. The guild said the injunction prevents the city from enforcing park rules on the protesters. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) #
A statue of a businessman sits behind a police barricade at the edge of a closed Zuccotti Park in New York, on November 15, 2011, after the Occupy Wall Street encampment was cleared form the park in the early morning hours after a nearly two month occupation. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) #

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