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NYC protesters take park cleanup on themselves

Workgroups at Zuccotti Park's 'Occupy Wall Street' encampment collect trash on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 in New York. The owner of the private park where 'Occupy Wall Street' protesters have been camped out for nearly a month in lower Manhattan gave notice Thursday that it will begin enforcing regulations that prohibit everything from lying down on benches to storing personal property on the ground. The landlord, Brookfield Properties, handed out a notice to protesters saying they would be allowed back inside after a planned park cleanup on Friday morning if they abide by park regulations. Workgroups at Zuccotti Park's "Occupy Wall Street" encampment collect trash on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 in New York. The owner of the private park where "Occupy Wall Street" protesters have been camped out for nearly a month in lower Manhattan gave notice Thursday that it will begin enforcing regulations that prohibit everything from lying down on benches to storing personal property on the ground. The landlord, Brookfield Properties, handed out a notice to protesters saying they would be allowed back inside after a planned park cleanup on Friday morning if they abide by park regulations. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
October 14, 2011

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NEW YORK—Light rain did not dampen the spirits of the Wall Street protesters as they worked into the night to clean up their park camp before police arrive Friday morning to see them out for a scheduled cleaning by park owners.

Protesters see the scheduled cleanup by Brookfield Properties as an excuse to evict them and shut down their encampment, where they have staged a nearly monthlong protest against corporate greed. Some say they do not plan to evacuate for the cleanup while others say they will practice civil disobedience if they aren't allowed back in.

Dozens of brooms were handed out about midnight and people put on yellow or white ponchos and started to sweep water from the plaza. About 300 to 400 protesters were in Zuccotti Park overnight.

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