On Tuesday, an organizing group with the Occupy Wall Street protest hit a small roadblock that could be a sign of a larger obstacle when it got kicked out of the atrium at 60 Wall Street. About 100 organizers had met in the covered atrium, a publicly owned private space that protesters frequently use as a meeting site, to make plans for Thursday's big rally. But shortly after the meeting started (and the pizzas came), the building's management told them they had to leave. As they were leaving, Occupy Wall Street's Twitter account said signs went up on the walls with new rules for the space which ban posters, signs, "excessive use of space," and "loud boisterous behavior."
It's the second time in two days protesters have been kicked out of a space they thought they could occupy. On Tuesday, a group that had marched to Duarte Square after being ousted from Zuccotti decided to try to establish an encampment in a piece of land adjacent to the square but owned by Trinity Church. The church, whose main building sits near Zuccotti Park, has been sympathetic to occupiers in the past, but it balked when some tried to break into the lot at Duarte. The protesters apparently thought they had the church's blessing but they did not, and police forced them out, arresting some.