A team of us camera-wielding Philadelphians arrived at the Occupy Wall Street Protest in Zucotti Park, NYC, at 5am on Friday, October 14, 2011, two hours before the NYPD was scheduled to evacuate demonstrators from the privately-owned space so it could be cleaned. Mayor Bloomberg announced that the occupants would be allowed to return only if they followed a strict set of rules, which included no laying down or bringing personal items back into the park. In response, the protesters cleaned the park themselves before the 7am deadline and refused to leave. In the end, park owner Brookfield Office Properties, Inc. announced that the cleaning effort would be postponed, resulting in a general consensus that the protesters had “won” a major victory against their adversary by coming together to literally stand their ground. Demonstrator Chris Guerra (first image) from Newark said that it was one of the greatest moments of his life to see the protesters come together peacefully and successfully resist what was expected to be a violent clash with authorities.

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