New York City police stormed a protest encampment outside the City Hall and cleared out tents in the early hours of Wednesday, nearly a month after hundreds started camping outdoors to call for action on racial inequality and police brutality.
NYPD officers in riot gear were seen pushing protesters back, cordoning off the area and demolishing tents. Tents, as well as other belongings, were dismantled with power tools before being thrown in refuse collection vehicles by city workers.
According to the city officials, those living in the encampment were given a ten-minute warning before the clear-out began.
Since the end of June, hundreds of activists had been living at the 'Occupy City Hall' camp, outside the seat of the city's government, and demanding at least $1 billion (€890.6 billion) in funding cuts to New York City Police Department (NYPD).
Protesters were seen carrying 'Black Lives Matter' and 'Defund the police' banners, with many occupying the grassy area outside the building with their tents and sleeping bags.