By Leslie Gersing, Producer
Wednesday, 16 Nov 2011 | 2:05 PM ET CNBC.com
Leslie Gersing for CNBC.com
Occupy Wall Street protesters have been slowly returning to Zuccotti Park since New York City had them evicted on Tuesday.
Before dawn Wednesday, police and private guards rousted a few for lying down and otherwise sleeping.
Cops instructed private guards hired by the owner, Brookfield Properties, to clarify whether sleeping violates Tuesday’s court ruling that protesters can’t camp out in the park. Occupy Wall Street attorney Yetta Kurland said Tuesday night that nothing in the ruling prevents people from sleeping there.
A small number of people spent Tuesday evening in the park vowing to keep the Occupy Wall Street movement going.
Barriers prevent easy entry. One can only enter in middle of North and South sides of the park. The private guards examine belongings but are letting large bags in after they are inspected. They have denied entrance to some with large knapacks and other equipment.
A small library has been reestablished, but Occupy Wall Street members say books taken away during the cleanup were irretrievably damaged despite word they were saved.
The Sanitation Department opened its collection site Wednesday morning for protesters who want to get their seized belongings. Proof of I.D. is required. A Sanitation spokesman said claims forms for lost or damaged property can be filled out on site.
Patrick Koller, one Occupy Wall Street protestor seeking donations to go back home to Nashville, told us city workers took his laptop, wallet and identification. He doubts he’ll get them back and believes the eviction and harassment has ended the campaign.
A Brooklyn bystander named Dan praised Tuesday’s actions, saying people shouldn’t be allowed to occupy the park and that some demonstrators were seeking confrontation. He said he came by last night to thank the cops for their professionalism.
Rain fell by noon but didn’t dampen protestors’ enthusiasm or the growing number who showed up. Lunch got served; groups met to handle money, media and medical needs.
Some say Tuesday’s police action strengthened their resolve and energized plans for Thursday’s “International Day of Action.” According to their website, the protestors vow to shut down wall street, occupy the subways and take Foley Square.
As a popular sign says, “This is SO not over.”