Police Clear OWS Protestors From Zuccotti Park
11/15/11
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Saying Zuccotti Park had become a health and safety hazard, a large contingent of police officers in riot gear ordered the Occupy Wall Street protestors to clear the area early Tuesday morning.

The cops said protestors, who have been living in tents in the privately owned park across from Ground Zero for almost two months, would be allowed to return once the area was cleared and the park's sanitary conditions could be assessed, Newsday reported.

While some complied with the police order, others vowed to resist, chanting "Whose park? Our park." A live stream of the events early Tuesday showed protestors chanting "You don't have to do this" as officers in light blue community affairs jackets moved into the crowd. According to a Tweet resent by Mayor Bloomberg's press secretary, Stu Loeser, some protestors are chanting "police have shown no violence. Show them the same."

The protestors, with no specific unified agenda, are trying to call attention to economic inequality in the country and the role of Wall Street in shifting wealth to one percent of the country. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who became a billionaire selling Wall Street financial data, has been unsympathetic to the protests, saying at a recent forum that while the protests feel "cathartic [Congress] were the ones who pushed Fannie and Freddie to make a bunch of loans that were imprudent, if you will. They were the ones that pushed the banks to loan to everybody."

On Tuesday the New York Times reported that about 200 people had been arrested as cops cleared the park for disorderly conduct or resisting arrest. 

“The law that created Zuccotti Park required that it be open for the public to enjoy for passive recreation 24 hours a day,” Bloom said in a statement as reported by the Times. “Ever since the occupation began, that law has not been complied with ... making it unavailable to anyone else.”

“I have become increasingly concerned — as had the park’s owner, Brookfield Properties — that the occupation was coming to pose a health and fire safety hazard to the protesters and to the surrounding community,” 

On Tuesday afternoon a judge ruled that the protestors could use the park but could not sleep there.

 

 

 

 

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11/15/2011 - 17:56

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They came like thieves in the night...Bloomberg's Blue Shirts...and robbed us of our rights. Bloomberg, the self-proclaimed number one defender of free speech (pause for gagging) has said in no uncertain terms: yes, you have the right...the right to remain silent. So just shut up and obey. This is only the beginning, Mayor.0001%. But it will be your legacy... of repression. And you will not succeed. I love America - its land and its people. But these governors, mayors, city councils, police chiefs, and street cops of America need to realize that it is NOT UP TO THEM whether or not Americans peaceably gather, protest, discuss, or demonstrate. It's up to a document called the US CONSTITUTION. You can beat us and arrest us and tear-gas us, you can try to "permit" us to death....but you can't kill an idea. You can't keep down a people’s hopes and dreams for a better life....for us, and for our kids. America USED to work. The people had work. The system worke (sort of). Hey, EVEN the Congress used to work (sometimes). God knows, it was far, far, far from perfect -but at least we all had some share in the struggles AND the rewards. But somewhere along the way, we lost our way. Because now we have an economy and a political system that seems to work only for the rich. With OWS America has found it’s voice, and that voice demands fairness and justice - for ALL. This land IS our land! AND WE WANT IT BACK! We want our LIVES back! We want our FUTURE back! But it’s much more than just words.... it’s much more than politics..... it’s your freakin’ LIFE, and how you want to live it, and how you WILL live it. Find a quiet place somewhere, and consider this: Each of us has only one brief life....one chance....one roll of the dice....and many choices. The time has come to choose....to risk...and to act. If not now...then when? If not you, then....who? You DO have the power my friend....and the choice IS yours. Don’t let your dreams die....

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