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Published on Feb 2, 2012
The Occupy Sydney protest campsite was removed and six people were arrested in an early morning police raid today. Officers from The Rocks police station arrested three men and three women in Martin Place in the CBD at 6.30am today. They were expected to be charged with breaches of the regulations of a local government act, police said. Police were still removing the campsite after 7.30am. The protesters have been at the site near the Reserve Bank of Australia building for several months as part of a global movement, which started in New York as Occupy Wall Street on September 17. Police and the protesters have had several face-offs during the sit-in protest. Soon after Occupy Sydney began, three men and a woman were charged with stealing milk and bread crates. Police then raided the site before dawn on October 23, arresting 40 people and charging four. In early November, police raided a building on Clarence Street occupied by the protesters and arrested five people. Then in mid-December, police confiscated filing cabinets, milk crates and other items from the camp, saying they were obstructing the footpath - 1 February 2012.