City Evicts "Occupy Buffalo" Out Of Niagara Square

February 2, 2012 Updated Feb 2, 2012 at 8:33 AM EDT

By WKBW News

February 2, 2012 Updated Feb 2, 2012 at 8:33 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Officials with the City of Buffalo are took action to get the "Occupy Buffalo" protesters out of Niagara Square.

Their camp in downtown Buffalo was removed using trash trucks and city workers to remove tents and debris.

The Buffalo Police SWAT team was called in, but were not needed as demonstrators wrapped up peacefully.

A statement obtained by Eyewitness News overnight from City of Buffalo spokesman Mike DeGeorge outlined what happened:

"The City offered a five week extension until March 8th, that was rejected by Occupy Buffalo. The City is disappointed that
Occupy did not accept the extension as the two sides have worked
cooperatively over the past four and a half months."

The following statement is from Timothy Ball, Assistant Corporation
Council for the City of Buffalo.

"The City's offer to extend the privilege granted to Occupy Buffalo to
remain in Niagara Square until March 8th to accommodate it's rehabilitation for the upcoming festival season, while allowing Occupy to transition into the next phase of it's movement has not been accepted. The City will now enforce it's laws and ordinances in the wake of this refusal to enter into a reasonable transition agreement."

Channel 7's Jaclyn Asztalos will have the very latest on "Eyewitness News This Morning."