Occupy Wall Street demonstrators tried their best to disrupt the set of a “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” taping Thursday night because the show created a fake “Occupy” set.
Coordinating their efforts through social media sites like Twitter, about 30 “Mockupy” protestors showed up to the Zuccotti Park tent city replica in New York City. By 11:30 p.m., the group had settled at Foley Square in the city.
“Light, camera, ACTION! Everybody head to Foley Square Bring yr headshots and make yrself at home! See you at midnite! #Mockupy #D9” the official Twitter of the 99 percent movement, OccupyWallSt., tweeted.
Although no filming was taking place at the time, “Mockupiers” still managed to disrupt things. Nearby police officers took away the show’s filming permit not long after the dozens of demonstrators arrived.
The protestors sounded off using their human microphone technique. Calls of “mic check!” and various announcements rang loudly in the brisk night air, while drums and chants supplemented the din.
The movement organizers reported on their impromptu movement via a live video feed and through a myriad of sources’ tweets throughout the endeavor.
“Fake Zuccotti is currently being occupied. Ows under barricades. Into Set,” tweeted Newyorkist, who was present at the protest.
Christopher Robbins, a reporter at Gothamist, also tweeted, “Law & Order's fake Zuccotti is hilarious… The food in the kitchen is real! #mockupy #OWS.”
After a short while, police felt it necessary to intervene, and began systematically removing “Mockupiers” from Foley Square. Police told some to “get credentials or get out” of the set, according to tweets from ChristRobbins.
Many other protestors adopted the slogan, “NYPD does not respect Law and Order,” once they found out they were being forcibly removed from the premises.
Afterwards, "Law & Order" employees were allowed to break down the set and pack up.
No incidents were reported, and no arrests were made.