Occupy protesters: 3,000 books destroyed in raid

By David B. Caruso

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 23 2011 1:16 p.m. MST

NEW YORK — Occupy Wall Street demonstrators are complaining that thousands of books they had stored in a "people's library" were thrown out or destroyed when police officers raided their encampment last week.

The activists say city sanitation workers carted away about 4,000 volumes when they helped police dismantle the camp on Nov. 15.

City officials say 26 truckloads of stuff were removed from Zuccotti Park, including the books, and that all of it was taken to a garage for safekeeping.

But the demonstrators say that only around 1,300 books have turned up at the garage so far, and that hundreds are mangled beyond repair.

They want the city to buy replacements.

A spokeswoman for the mayor says protesters had "ample opportunity" to remove their property from the park prior to the raid.

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