Wall Street Protesters Put Up Tents Despite Ban

Monday, October 24, 2011

Dre DiMura near one of the many tents that have sprouted up at Zucotti Park in recent days (WNYC/Arun Venugopal)

In recent days a number of Wall Street protesters have erected tents at Zuccotti Park, despite a ban against erected structures, giving hope to some demonstrators that their protest will continue through the winter.

In addition to the dozen or more tents scattered across the park, there are several other enclosed structures fashioned from tarps.

"We are prepared to remain here in extreme heat and extreme cold," said Dre DiMura, a 21-year-old protester staying in a tent with his mother and others.

Peter Harris, a photographer who has been assisting with the live video stream of some events, has been staying in an orange, eight-person tent that also accommodates computers and video equipment. He said the tents are not only practical, given the colder nights, but symbolic, in light of the protesters' ongoing battles with the city and park owner Brookfield Properties.

"Any type of structure that's set up is kind of pushing the envelope, if you will," Harris said. "The testing of boundaries is going back and forth. Hopefully we'll succeed."

Harris suggested that "some bending of public opinion" in favor of the protesters had contributed to the relaxed enforcement.

One tent-dweller, who only gave her first name, Alisha, said earlier attempts to set up improvised housing had failed.

"We attempted to set up a cardboard tarp-tent, and the cops rolled through immediately and took it down. Tried it again when it was going to rain. They came through at three in the morning and took it down, so we got soaked."

A spokesperson for Brookfield Properties declined to comment on the matter, and a spokesman for the NYPD did not respond to questions regarding police enforcement of the ban.

But several officers on site seemed to take a relaxed approach to the encampment.

"I'm not quite sure what arrangement they have with the park," one officer said, "but if they're up, they're up."

A community affairs officer, standing near a drum circle at the western end of the park, acknowledged that officers had been more vigilant early on.

"Initially they were (strict)," he said. "But you never know if the rules of engagement have changed or not."


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Comments [4]

It's a fantastic accomplishment by the Occupy Wall Street protestors who are expressing their dissatisfaction with the state of our nation's weak economy. It wasn't the protesters who caused our nation's huge mess. It was greedy WALL Street and banks with help from the FED and our Government. Mayor Bloomberg, should waive the ban on tents. The protesters need shelter to continue sending the White House and Congress a clear message that real CHANGE is needed through legislation. Americans cannot afford another recession.

Oct. 24 2011 12:03 PM
SharonP from Peekskill, NY

There is a website for information and donations at

Oct. 24 2011 09:18 AM
Fuva from Harlemworld

laurie from amman, jordan:
Some OWS links that may be useful --

Oct. 24 2011 09:16 AM
laurie from amman, jordan

Overseas, watching this with interest. Not getting much mainstream press play (competing with Libya, Syria, Turkey's earthquake). How best to support efforts when there is no central leader? Perhaps set up a website for donations, support? Really hard to support such an amorphous movement from far away...

Oct. 24 2011 01:55 AM

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