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The Occupy Wall Street crowd has no respect for Law and Order. Literally.
Overnight Thursday, a group of Occupy protesters decided to "mockupy" a replica set of their original Zuccotti Park encampment, which was constructed for an upcoming episode of the TV show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
A roundup of mockupy-related tweets compiled by New York Magazine shows that protest organizers first called for occupiers to descend on the set, located in New York City’s Foley Square, at around 11:30 p.m. About 30 protesters obliged before déjà vu ensued.
NYPD officers again evicted protesters from their Zuccotti Park encampment, this time just an hour after the (m)occupation began. After reportedly pulling the show’s permit and evicting the occupiers, NYPD allowed crews to disassemble the set. There were no reported arrests.
Mother Jones caught some of the protestors’ tongue-in-cheek responses to their most recent eviction, including the chant "NYPD does not respect Law and Order." Another protester reportedly asked a police officer, "Are these real barricades, or a set piece?"
Despite the sarcastic response, the moccupation could have a lasting impact on the protests. At a hastily-gathered general assembly meeting nearby, Mother Jones reported one protester said: "this points out to us a more clever way to fight the struggle."