About 100 Occupy Wall Street protesters shut down production of an episode of "Law & Order: SVU" after they swarmed a park that had been made up to look like the now-cleared Zuccotti Park encampment.
Starting around midnight Friday, protesters roamed around Foley Square in Lower Manhattan, examining set pieces which included tents, protest signs and even a mock kitchen and library, according to the New York Daily News. Among the fake signs were ones that read "End War on Workers" "Greed No" and "War Profiteers."
"This is not us," Drew Hornbein, 24, told the newspaper. "We are not part of corporate TV America."
"Law & Order: SVU" is an NBC drama whose episodes involve investigations of sexual assault. Multiple instances of sexual assault have been reported at Occupy encampments around the country.
About 100 police officers lined the park to protect the set. After midnight, one officer announced through a bullhorn that the city had rescinded film permit, drawing cheers.
"It's hysterical," Hornbein said. "Two weeks ago they kicked us out of Zuccotti Park. Now they have this set trying to pretend it’s us. It's odd."
Videos uploaded to YouTube appear to show protesters defacing set items, writing "OWS is not for sale!" and "We are a movement not a TV plot" in the park.
Police threatened protesters with arrest if they did not pack up and leave, and the crowd ultimately dispersed after a temporary standoff. The film crew later moved in and began dismantling the set, the Daily News reported.
"We made it so that they could not exploit us and that's awesome," Tammy Schapiro, 29, told the newspaper.
A man who would identify himself only as "Scooby" said the entire thing was "insulting."
"This is bastardization going on. This is not the case of imitation is a form of flattery," he said.
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