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NYC and Bloomberg Preparing to Evict 'Occupy Wall Street' Protesters?

NYC's Zuccotti Park, where much of the 'Occupy Wall Street' protests have been taking place, will be "temporarily cleared" this Friday, Raw Story reports:

OwsBloomberg went to the protest site, where several hundred people are camped out, to explain the move, which would be the first time the demonstrators are asked to leave, the mayor’s office said.

Bloomberg said the owners of the plaza wanted to exercise their duty in cleaning it — and that this was their right, although protestors would be allowed back immediately.

“Mayor Bloomberg went to Zuccotti Park to talk with the protesters himself and inform them that on Friday morning Brookfield Properties will clean the park,” a statement from deputy mayor for operations Cas Holloway said.

...Holloway promised “protesters will be able to return to the areas that have been cleaned, provided they abide by the rules that Brookfield has established for the park.”

However...

The city’s top cop said today that the Occupy Wall Street protesters who clear out of Zuccotti Park tomorrow so their filthy makeshift campsite can get a much-needed cleaning can come back when the job is finished -- but they can’t take their tents, coolers and other gear with them.

“People will have to remove all their belongings and leave the park,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said, “After it’s cleaned, they’ll be able to come back. But they won’t be able to bring back the gear, the sleeping bags, that sort of thing will not be able to be brought back into the park.”

(via firedoglake)

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  1. I don't think trying to make it more uncomfortable for the people will make things better. I wonder what happens if they don't leave the park. Maybe they'll get the hose.

    Posted by: NHbrooklyn | Oct 13, 2011 3:32:22 PM


  2. I trust the NYPD.

    NOT!

    Posted by: Charley | Oct 13, 2011 3:39:28 PM


  3. Hmm, very Trojan Horse-like. Are they really going to clear out? Michael Bloomberg is insane. He literally like is what they're protesting against. Sounds very sinister.

    Posted by: gggggb | Oct 13, 2011 3:41:22 PM


  4. something tells me this isn't going to end well... be safe everyone

    Posted by: Dan | Oct 13, 2011 3:57:58 PM


  5. uh oh for bloomberg if he does

    occupy Judaism part of occupy Wall Street has set up a tabernacle for sukkot oct 12-19 in zuccoti

    If the polic clear it out then expect huge blow back politically

    Posted by: say what | Oct 13, 2011 3:59:48 PM


  6. This a very dumb and provocative move.

    Clean it when the protest is over.......

    Whose idea was this ??????

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 13, 2011 4:06:50 PM


  7. A hose would do that whole scene a lot of good.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Oct 13, 2011 4:31:44 PM


  8. We live in a country no longer represented by the people but by the interests of major corporations and the money they use through lobbying to pay off our elected officials. These politicians no longer voice the opinion of the voters who put them in office but instead speak for the special interests which pay them more and more money to turn a blind eye to the destruction of our environment and the extinction of the middle class. How long will the occupations have to last before a SINGLE government official asks what WE the PEOPLE want changed? Visit my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/09/occupywallstreet.html to see my art for the movement and also see videos of the protests and police brutality as well as get other sources for coverage of the movement.

    Posted by: Brandt Hardin | Oct 13, 2011 5:35:44 PM


  9. They have an entire sanitation working group at OccupyWallSt, and they had a huge mass cleaning effort planned themselves.

    This is simply an attempt to deflect attention away from the public when the eviction takes place. The public will hear that it's for cleaning and that they'll be allowed back, but won't hear the fact that they won't be allowed to Occupy it.

    The only reason why these protests have been successful is because of the Occupying nature of it, both because it's something that forces the public to pay attention and because it's something that enables a real community to grow, sustaining the movement.

    The billionaires of Wall St. -- like Mayor Bloomberg -- are terrified of that community and their success with the public and will do ANYTHING to get the protests to end. That's what this is about, pure and simple.

    Posted by: Ryan | Oct 13, 2011 5:55:49 PM


  10. So are they still protesting Wall Street or is it all Israel now? The banks are a red herring. The protesters really want a socialist revolution. I'm gonna laugh so hard when they get flushed off the streets.

    If you want to fight the a-hole banks, then start by moving your money out of them.

    Posted by: Max | Oct 13, 2011 10:19:15 PM


  11. "so their filthy makeshift campsite can get a much-needed cleaning" . . .

    is this supposed to be tongue in cheek? are you attempting humor? is this some really poor and outrageous example of editorializing? in whose opinion is their encampment "filty" and in much need of a cleaning?
    I am appalled if TR thinks this is cool.
    if you think youre being funny it wasn;t clear.

    Posted by: jw | Oct 14, 2011 12:13:08 AM


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