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Police evict Occupy Buffalo from downtown site

BUFFALO — Police have evicted the Occupy Buffalo encampment from its downtown location near city hall.

Buffalo media outlets report that police officers, including SWAT team members, moved in around 2 a.m. Thursday and arrested 10 demonstrators in Niagara Square. The city’s deadline for the protesters to accept a new agreement to remain there until early March expired at midnight Wednesday.

City officials had sought to extend the agreement with the group until March 8, but Occupy Buffalo wanted to remain in Niagara Square until the end of the month.

Police say 10 people were peacefully arrested on trespassing charges.

Police removed a splinter group of demonstrators from nearby Lafayette Square on Dec. 21.

Occupy movement encampments have also been shut down by police in Albany and Syracuse.