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NYPD clears Zuccotti Park encampment in less than three hours

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A demonstrator yells at police officers as they order Occupy Wall Street protesters to leave Zuccotti Park, their longtime encampment in New York, early Tuesday, Nov. 15.

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Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement drag their belongings down the street after being removed from Zuccotti Park on Nov. 15.

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Sanitation workers begin clearing tents and debris after the New York City police department cleared Zuccotti Park on Nov. 15.

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An Occupy Wall Street protester yells out at police after being ordered to leave Zuccotti Park, early Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Mary Altaffer / AP

Occupy Wall Street protesters convene near Zuccotti Park after being vacated by police early Tuesday, Nov. 15.

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

Zuccotti Park was cleared in less than three hours after hundreds of police officers conducted a surprise sweep of the Occupy Wall Street headquarters early Tuesday.

New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said there were about 70 arrests in the park, while NBC New York's Jonathan Dienst, who is at the scene, reported that he had counted 40 arrests along Broadway. Continue reading.

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