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OWS Raid: NYPD Threw Is Holding Over 5,000 Donated Books in the Dumpster Last Night Until Tomorrow (UPDATED)

By Harriet Staff


You’ve probably already read about the NYPD raid on Occupy Wall Street’s Zuccotti Park headquarters that went down this morning (it received front page coverage in The New York Times, as of 3:45 a.m. EST). Facebook and Twitter posts have been quick to inform us with the latest updates; one of the most shocking is confirmation that the over 5,000 books in The People’s Library, donated over 60 days of occupation to build a much-talked-about collection of literature–along with a parkful of tents, equipment, and personal items–were thrown in the trash.

From the @OWSLibrary Twitter feed: “All of the tents and materials in the park are being destroyed by the police as we watch. #OccupyWallStreet”; “Call 311 or 212-639-9675 now and ask why Mayor Bloomberg is throwing the 5,554 books from our library into a dumpster”; “NYPD destroying american cultural history, they’re destroying the documents, the books, the artwork of an event in our nation’s history.”

@OWSLibrary is now trending all over the world. Sad news. to say the least.

UPDATE: According the The Gothamist:

And the tents, sleeping bags and other things in the park have been removed by Brookfield and the Sanitation Department to storage facility on 57th and the West Side Highway. They say that if you go and describe what you are missing, with ID, they will sort through it (assuming people don’t all claim the same things) let you take them back in the next few days.

Here’s raw video of the Sanitation Department filling a dumpster with OWS material. It does make an intact or recoverable library seem unlikely:

UPDATE: The Rumpus has news of the People’s Library restock tonight at Liberty Plaza, and the Mayor’s office twitter feed has this photo of the books in storage, apparently available for pick-up tomorrow. Whew?

Posted in Poetry News on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 by Harriet Staff.