From Ha: "Three buses full of police officers parked south of the park on King St., their engines running while other agents on bicycle rode by. "
Police PA say they're here to remove tents as per court ruling #OccupyTO
Police say homeless to go to shelter on Adelaide. Park to reopen once "rendered safe" #OccupyTO
More details from Ha: Police loudspeaker announcement says they are at the park to remove tents, and tells those who are homeless to go to a shelter on Adelaide. The park will be re-opened once "rendered safe."
Television reports show police officers entering the park
Some police enter park, approach gazebo #OccupyTO
Scuffle between sonme protester and a man yelling insults at them #OccupyTO
"Stay together! Don't run!" protesters chant #OccupyTO
Uniformed officers are walking around the park with flashlights and peering into tents. Television reports say some of the protesters have chained themselves to tents.
About ten officers standing gazebo. Many protestes bunched together near their tents 15 m away.
About half an hour before officers began entering the park, Toronto Police sent out a news release saying that roads around St. James park would be closed. Sections of Jarvis Street, King St. E., and Adelaide St. E. will all be closed until further notice.
From Ha: In one large tent, two protesters barricaded themselves behind logs and wooden pallets.
Toronto Police also advising that vehicles within the road closure area are being relocated.
"We've won! Celebrate!" one protester w/ drum. "This is a historic moment!" two in tent barricaded w/ pallets logs #OccupyTO
The Occupy Toronto livestream has over 1,200 viewers right now. About 15 minutes ago, that number was just over 800.
RT @OccupyBayStreet: #OccupyToronto being raided now! @TOMayorFord's cell 416-805-2146. #OWS @OccupyToronto
City bylaw officers begin tagging and photographing the tents #OccupyTO
Bylaw Enforcement officers tagging and logging tents. When they finish pictures, we assume police will step in to remove us. #occTO
From Ha: "Excuse me! Who do you serve!" one agitated man yelled as the officers taped a numbered sheet on his tent. "Mike! Keep your calm" others urged him.
"Excuse me! Who do you serve!" agitated man yells as officrs tape numbered sheet on his tent. "Mike! Keep your calm" others say #OccupyTO
Protesters in the park singing "We shall overcome"
Protesters tell cops they appreciate officers are wearing name tages #OccupyTO
"I would quit my job if I had to do something as reprehensible," another tells cops. "Do you know how many you're making homeless?"
"as long as we see some movement in next hour" there will be no intervention, police site cdr Insp Meissner tells protesters #OccupyTO
"So far the police have been very polite," says the Occupy Toronto livestream film team, which you can watch at the top of this page. To which the police officer replies: "That's the way we are."
More details from Canadian Press about the police arrival this morning:
Police arrived on three large department buses and other vehicles and none of the officers appeared to be clad in riot gear.
Police were not expected to make any arrests, unless attempts to remove the tents and other structures were met with resistance. Some protesters had said, however, that they planned to resist any attempt to get them to leave.
As of 5 a.m., people were allowed to be in St. James Park under a city bylaw but structures are not allowed on the grounds at any time.
Occupt Toronto protester on livestream: "They're taking our tents, but they can't take us."
My first impression is that mood seems almost anticlimactic as cops roll up Occupy. #occupytoronto
Occupy guy says OPSEU union is sending folks to take down Yurt. Asks folks to remove stuff first. 'We are not giving up. We will reoccupy.'
Occupy protest leader says OPSEU (Ontario Public Service Employee Union) members on way to Occupy Toronto site to help dismantle yurts. He tells protesters:
"If we want to save the yurts and not just to sacrifice it, we need to facilitate this by emptying the contents. I know that this is not desireable. But we don't want to lose them. We're not giving up. We will re-occupy. But we can't lose everything that we've worked so hard to build."
'This is Canada. This isn't Egypt. This isn't Libya.' - Occupy protester
'The world is watching. If there's any violence it's coming from you.' - protester
'What happened to solidarity?' Protesters appeal to city workers to refuse to move them. 'We'll support you when Ford locks you out.'