ZUCCOTTI PARK, New York -- A week after thousands of Occupy Wall Streetprotesters were forcibly evicted from Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan during an early morning raid, the park that's served as ground zero of the Occupy movement was noticeably short on attendance Monday.
At 11 a.m., there were exactly 39 people at Zuccotti Park, including journalists from the New York Post, Salon.com and Yahoo News. By noon, the number had risen to roughly 70.
Security personnel retained by the park's owners encircled the space, while barricades and NYPD officers also kept watch over the contingent of demonstrators hanging on in the wake of last week's raids on the site. At two entrances, security officers were checking bags for tents--part of the police crackdown imposed on the "mini-city" that demonstrators created here before the raid.