Friday, December 9, 2011
Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement raided a fictional recreation of their former Zuccotti Park camp late Thursday night into Friday morning, interrupting the filming of a new episode of NBC crime drama “Law & Order: SVU” that was taking place in lower Manhattan’s Foley Square.
The show, a long running ripped-from-the-headlines police procedural, was in the midst of producing an episode that seemed to involve the economic protests that began in Zuccotti Park in September and have spread throughout the world. Word traveled online through Occupy’s various social channels and a crowd of people quickly showed up to “mockupy” the square.
“Basically, obviously, ‘Law & Order’ was using this as a backdrop for some salacious story,” Han Shan, a member of the OWS press team, told The Huffington Post. “People did it in the spirit of absurdity and fun, and we like to come together in public space and share ideas and show our vision through our action and we’re doing that tonight with a good bit of jest and big fat smiles on our faces.”
Although it was unclear if the filming permits had been revoked, the protestors were asked to leave the square when the park closed at 1 a.m. Various reports on Twitter stated that police forced out protestors, as well. When reached for comment, the NYPD was unable to provide any information.
This article was posted: Friday, December 9, 2011 at 8:54 am