NEW YORK – Barricades surrounding a New York City park that served as a camp for Occupy Wall Street protesters have been removed, and the protesters are celebrating.
The barricades were removed from Zuccotti Park late Tuesday. About 300 protesters began filling the park, cheering and eating lasagna on paper plates.
One protester tried to erect a tent, which was quickly taken down by security guards.
On Monday, civil rights groups filed a complaint with the city's buildings department saying the barricades were a violation of city zoning law.
The complaint said barricades surrounding the park since Nov. 15 interfered with the public's use of it. The public park is privately owned and is required to be open 24 hours a day.
Park owner Brookfield Office Properties hasn't responded to a request for comment.