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Cellphone pictures of police raid on Occupy protest at Zuccotti Park

Karly Domb Sadof / AP

In this image made using a cell phone, Occupy Wall Street protesters are ordered to leave Zuccotti Park, their longtime encampment in New York, early Tuesday, Nov. 15. 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.

Karly Domb Sadof / AP

Police gather to order Occupy Wall Street protesters to leave Zuccotti Park early Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Karly Domb Sadof / AP

Police officers order Occupy Wall Street protesters to leave Zuccotti Park early Tuesday, Nov. 15.

NBC, msnbc.com and news services report from NEW YORK:

Hundreds of police officers, some in riot gear, descended on Zuccotti Park after midnight Tuesday in a surprise sweep of the Occupy Wall Street headquarters.

NBC New York's Jonathan Dienst, who is at the scene, reported that he had counted 40 arrests.

A few protesters, who appeared to resist and shove at officers, were then thrown to ground and placed in handcuffs, he reported. Continue reading.

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