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Police clash with protesters during Zuccotti Park clearance, scores arrested

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An Occupy Wall Street protester is arrested by police near the encampment at Zuccotti Park in New York, early Tuesday, Nov. 15.

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A New York City police officer scuffles with Occupy Wall Street protesters after they were evicted from Zuccotti Park on Nov. 15.

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A New York City police officer scuffles with Occupy Wall Street protesters after they were evicted from Zuccotti Park on Nov. 15.

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A New York City police officer scuffles with Occupy Wall Street protesters after they were evicted from Zuccotti Park on Nov. 15.

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An Occupy Wall Street protester is detained by police officers after being ordered to leave Zuccotti Park early on Nov. 15.

John Minchillo / AP

People are taken into custody after police ordered Occupy Wall Street protesters to leave Zuccotti Park on Nov. 15.

Miranda Leitsinger of msnbc.com reports from the scene:

Ryan Peters, 29, from Chicago, who took leave of absence from the advertising agency where he works to tour different Occupy protests, cried as he told msnbc.com that about 30 people had chained themselves up inside the Occupy protest’s kitchen area.

"People want to fight for something that's really important," he said.  "It makes me cry every time I think of them (the people in the kitchen) getting locked down in the park … these guys are patriots."

There were unconfirmed reports that tear gas or some other kind of irritant spray had been used by police. Peters was unable to confirm that, but said at one point during the night his eyes had begun to sting.

Another protester, Nan Terrie, an 18-year-old law student, told msnbc.com that a number of people had also chained themselves up in the women’s tents.

"This is an illegal eviction (that) they are trying to do to us," she said. Read the full story.

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