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Shana Goldman of Albany says she was pepper sprayed as police seized final tents of the encampment across from the Capitol. Photo: Karen DeWitt.
Shana Goldman of Albany says she was pepper sprayed as police seized final tents of the encampment across from the Capitol. Photo: Karen DeWitt.

Occupy Albany ends with pepper spray, arrests

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The dismantling of one of the last Occupy encampments in New York ended with pepper spray and arrests, as Albany City workers moved in and took down tents at the Occupy Albany encampment.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

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The dismantling of one of the last Occupy encampments in New York ended with pepper spray and arrests as Albany City workers moved in and took down tents at the Occupy Albany encampment.

Occupy Albany’s camping permit expired at 7 am, by mid-afternoon city workers moved in and began dismantling tents. When workers tried to take down the last tent, protesters seized it and began marching up and down the city streets in the midst of the evening rush hour. They chanted “Occupy Albany all day, all week,” and “banks got bailed out, we got sold out.”

The protest took on a carnival atmosphere, but things turned darker when the demonstrators returned to the city park. Police attempted to take the tent away, a scuffle ensued and four were arrested. A local news cameraman was apparently assaulted in the ruckus.

Shana Goldman was among the protesters who say they were pepper sprayed. “The police came, they started knocking everybody away, they were forcefully grabbing us, bringing people to the ground,  ” said Goldman. “Some had to be taken to the hospital.”

By early evening, some protesters lingered, but the park was clear of any tents.

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