At about 6:45 a.m., officers who had earlier ringed the park began to slowly circle the 100 or so tents that remained there, looking for occupants. One lifted a tent flap and said, “Hello? Police.”
Officers posted number codes on tents, apparently to aid their later retrieval by their owners, and marked them with fluorescent orange spray paint.
As dawn broke, a big blue garbage compactor arrived. Police hoisted rubbish and trashed tents into it.
By 8 a.m., the large media tent – one of the few winterized Mongolian yurts in the encampment – was empty.