Across the nation, several of the most notorious encampments were dismantled since the weekend, with sporadic violence.
At Liberty Square, as Zuccotti Park was renamed by the protesters, there were arrests but not violence, according to the NYT.
I always believed that the static occupation of parks should be suspended for the winter. The protesters must adapt their tactics to the objective conditions, which certainly change with the arrival of colder weather.
Perhaps the police did a favor to the protest movement by vacating the park. I believe the protests group would have thinned out considerably in January and February. Now the movement can blame the police for the abandonment.