NYC protesters take park cleanup on themselves

By the Associated Press | October 14, 2011 | 1:50 AM EDT

Demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street protests sweep Zucotti park to preempt a scheduled cleanup by owners Friday morning that protestors say is a move to shut them down, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, in New York. Officials on Thursday announced that the month long occupation by Wall Street protesters of the park that spawned similar gatherings across the nation will have to clear out for the cleanup. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NEW YORK (AP) — Light rain did not dampen the spirits of the Wall Street protesters as they worked into the night to clean up their park camp before police arrive Friday morning to see them out for a scheduled cleaning by park owners.

Protesters see the scheduled cleanup by Brookfield Properties as an excuse to evict them and shut down their encampment, where they have staged a nearly monthlong protest against corporate greed. Some say they do not plan to evacuate for the cleanup while others say they will practice civil disobedience if they aren't allowed back in.

Dozens of brooms were handed out about midnight and people put on yellow or white ponchos and started to sweep water from the plaza. About 300 to 400 protesters were in Zuccotti Park overnight.