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Judge Rules Protesters Cannot Camp in Zuccotti Park

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The same day anti-Wall Street protesters were evicted from Zuccotti Park, a judge ruled they could not return with tents and sleeping bags to the space that has served as the group's defacto headquarters in Lower Manhattan for nearly two months.

Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman on Tuesday denied a motion by the demonstrators seeking to be allowed back into the park with their tents and sleeping bags.

In a statement, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the park was now open to the public. "The court’s ruling vindicates our position that First Amendment rights do not include the right to endanger the public or infringe on the rights of others by taking over a public space with tents and tarps. The City has the ultimate responsibility to protect public health and safety and we will continue to ensure that everyone can express themselves in New York City. Zuccotti Park will remain open to all who want to enjoy it, as long as they abide by the park’s rules," the statement read.

Protesters were allowed back into Zuccotti Park through a small space in the barricades as of early evening. NYPD used bullhorns to announce that no tents or large backpacks would be allowed in, and there was a large police presence trying to maintain order, as a crush of people waited for their turn to re-enter the park.

Demonstrators said despite the setback, they planned to carry on their message protesting corporate greed and economic inequality. "This is much bigger than a square plaza in downtown Manhattan," said Hans Shan, an organizer who was working with churches to find places for protesters to sleep. "You can't evict an idea whose time has come."

Some protesters around the park said they were dismayed by the court ruling. Chris Habib, a New York artist, said he hoped the group could settle on a new protest site. He was confident the movement would continue even if its flagship camp was dismantled. "A judge can't erase a movement from the public mind," he said. "The government is going to have to spend a lot of time in court to defend this."

Pete Dutro, head of the group's finances, said the loss of the movement's original encampment will open up a dialogue with other cities.

"We all knew this was coming," Dutro said. "Now it's time for us to not be tucked away in Zuccotti Park, and have different areas of occupation throughout the city."

About 200 were arrested when hundreds of police descended on the park around 1 a.m. Tuesday to tell protesters that they would have to vacate the park so it could be cleaned — and that they could not bring with them sleeping bags, tarps or tents when they returned.

Mayor Bloomberg — who said conditions within the park had become "intolerable" — said he intended to allow protesters back into the park after it had been cleaned. (Read the order - and the city's response - below).

"Protesters have had two months to occupy the park with tents and sleeping bags," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement. "Now they will have to occupy the space with the power of their arguments."

The National Lawyers Guild filed an emergency appeal after the nighttime sweep.

“The city came in like storm troopers in the middle of the night and indiscriminately arrested or pushed back anyone they could who would be in a position to bear witness,” said Gideon Oliver, a lawyer from the non-profit National Lawyers Guild, outside the courthouse in Manhattan.

The mayor said it has become "increasingly difficult" to monitor activity in the park and that the tents have created a fire hazard. The park's owner, Brookfield Properties, requested the city's help in enforcing the no sleeping and camping rules in the park, he said.

A standoff near Soho

A tense, drawn-out confrontation between police and protesters began to unfold  as demonstrators gathered at a property on Canal Street near the Holland Tunnel shorting after being evicted from Zuccotti Park Monday morning.   

Approximately 150 people, including protesters and members of the media, surged onto the property after one protester gained entry through an opening in the chain link fence. Police officers – including those in riot gear – appeared soon after, prompting many of the protesters to quickly exit the site.

One protester, identified as Amin Husain by others, served as the negotiator for the group, and coordinated with clergy members trying to secure permission for the site from Trinity Real Estate, the owner of the property.

“Before they move in to arrest, they will give us a warning,” Husain said to the crowd, after talking to the police.

(Photo: A New York City police officer scuffles with Occupy Wall Street protesters after they were evicted from Zuccotti Park on November 15. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

But moments later, officers threw Husain to the ground, placed plastic handcuffs on his wrists and arrested him and others, just outside the contested site. 

“I'm incredibly surprised,” said Ann Kansfield of the Greenpoint Reformed Church. “Especially given the long history of churches across the world opening their doors and their properties for sanctuary. Especially in times of need. And this would certainly qualify.”

An early-morning eviction

For hours after 1:45 a.m. on Tuesday, the streets around Zuccotti Park overflowed with stories and press to collect them.

Janet Richman, a nurse, said she was in the medical tent when the police arrived. She said the tent was pulled down while she was in it and many of the medical supplies were thrown in a dumpster. Though police said belongings could be retrieved later at 650 West 57th Street, Richman said she was not optimistic there would be much left once sleeping bags, tents and other belongings were fed to garbage trucks

Rabbi Chaim Gruber, a protester, said he was there when police were forcing demonstrators into the streets near Zuccotti Park Tuesdayy morning.

"The police are forming a human shield, and are pushing everyone away," he said.

Faith Blackshear, a member of the Food Working Group, said she went into the park to retrieve a bag and was temporarily trapped inside.

"When we were trying to come out of the park, they were already barricading everything from the top of the park all the way across Broadway," she said. "So everyone was pushed on the sidewalk and then people started getting pushed coming out."

Notices given to the protesters said the park "poses an increasing health and fire safety hazard to those camped in the park, the city's first responders and the surrounding community."

Last month, Bloomberg visited Zuccotti Park to tell protesters that the park would be cleared for cleaning. However, Brookfield Properties postponed the cleaning, citing the request of local politicians and an attempt to negotiated with Occupy Wall Street protesters.

Lower Manhattan residents and politicians voiced concerns last week about the sanitary conditions at Zuccotti Park and the protesters had port-a-potties set up at the site, with the help of an anonymous supporter.

(Photo: New York City sanitation workers clear the 'Occupy Wall Street' protest from Zuccotti Park in the early morning hours of November 15. Stan Honda/Getty Images)

The clearing out of Zuccotti Park came as protesters announced they planned to "shut down Wall Street" with a demonstration on Thursday to commemorate the completion of two months of the beginning of the encampment, which has spurred similar demonstrations across the country.

On Monday, a small group of demonstrators, including local residents and merchants, protested at City Hall. In recent weeks, they have urged the mayor to clear out the park because of its negative impact on the neighborhood and small businesses.

With reporting by Kathleen Horan, Karen Frillman, Dan Tucker and the Associated Press

VIDEO: Canal Street and Sixth Avenue around 8:45 a.m. (Video by Patricia Willens)

Read the Court Order and the City's Response Below

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK NEW YORK COUNTY

Protest Order

The city's response to the order: City Response to Order

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Comments [45]

Robin from CT - A lot of these people do have jobs. And I am sure the ones who don't wish they could get them. But as long as corporations are controlling government the job market is not going to improve. The people in these parks are trying to create a world where they can work and can feed their families. If there were jobs that paid living wages, they wouldn't need to be in the park.

Nov. 22 2011 10:17 AM
stan chaz from Brooklyn

One does not need to be religious to understand and embrace the idea, the ideal, that "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." But in their blind greed and schemes, the 1% has closed its eyes and has forgotten what the word "society" should really mean. Because of Occupy Wall Street and its offshoots, we are finally talking less about CUTS and more about BLEEDING. Instead of shouting for more budget cuts -to be borne by the middle class and poor- we are FINALLY focusing on the shameful bleeding that the poor and middle class has experienced for all too long. Instead of talking about even more cuts in the taxes of millionaires...we are now talking about fairness and justice - about an economy and a political system that is run for the rich, and by the rich. Instead of talking about LESS government , we are talking about a government that WORKS FOR ALL OF US, not just a favored few. Thank you OWS, for reminding us that people -ordinary working people- really DO matter, and for helping open our eyes to what’s really going on in this country. Thank you OWS, for standing up for the workers, and for those looking for work, and for those that will graduate or come back from war ...and find no work. Thank you OWS, for standing your ground, for enduring illegal beatings and arrests - non-violently. Thank you OWS, from all of us who can’t be there in person, from all of us who are working two and three jobs just to keep up, from all of us struggling to raise our children, or caring for our elderly, or just trying to live with some dignity.....while the rich become richer and more powerful, at our expense. The 1% are running this economy. Indeed, they’re running it right into the ground - with their get rich schemes, their shipping of jobs overseas, their tax evasions, and their cuts in social programs. You inspire and motivate us OWS. You strengthen us, and give us hope. And we’re damn PROUD OF YOU! This land IS our land! AND WE WANT IT BACK! We want our FUTURE back! But it’s much more than mere words.... it’s much more than just politics..... it’s your freakin’ LIFE, and how you want to live it, and how you WILL live it. 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. Don’t let your dreams die.

Nov. 17 2011 05:14 AM

The whole OWS affair reminds me of the Haight-Ashbury population of the '60, self-indulgent kids with high expectations but who do not have much to offer the world. And I have news for the 'wanna be occupiers' who want to take over:here in the suburbs of NJ where quite a few of the 99% live- nobody cares what they do- we are too busy working, and we like our life.
And if you want to have a conversation about repressive political systems, come and talk to my family members who escaped the Communists regime in Hungary! You don't know how good you have it here in the USA.

Nov. 16 2011 07:38 PM
modmike from Clifton, NJ 07011

I think we all can learn a lesson from the 1960’s; change takes time and this is all part of changing the system. It will not happen overnight, it will evolve over time. What is important is that we remain true to our cause. Having lived through the civil rights movement of the 1960’s, I applaud the younger generation for taking a strong stand for what they believe in. Great men such as Dr. King did not become great leaders by remaining silent.

Nov. 15 2011 10:49 PM
David Balderston from Upper East Side, NYC

Early reports of the clearing and cleaning of Zucotti Park raise disturbing questions: 1) Did the Dept. of Health certify and publicize in advance a finding, based on adequate scientific sampling, that the park had become "unsanitary and dangerous"? Did Dept. of Health issue notices of the City's standards for "sanitary"? 2) Why was no 24 hour (or longer) advance notice given of the intent and timing of the City to clear and clean, along with a request for the occupiers' cooperation? )3 Why were medical supplies confiscated and destroyed in a dumpster? 4) Why was the library confiscated and destroyed? This makes the NYPD appear insensitive, stupid, and sometimes thuggish, believing apparently it's sound public policy to treat peaceable citizens with such a lack of respect.

Nov. 15 2011 09:07 PM
tom from manhattan

The forcing out of the Occupy Wall St. protestors is an out rage. OWS is the voice of us non-corporations. It is a beginning of some small balance to the extraordinary power the people who control corporations have; and I don’t mean the little guy stock holders. The power of these insiders in legislation and regulation is vast, as you know. The amplification of their voice via their money and their use of the corporation’s voice (Supreme Court rulings) is distorting the American national being. Restore OWS and protect it.

My friend and I were talking about high crime neighborhoods in NYC in the 80’s. It dawned on me that likely the highest crime malignant neighborhoods are really places like the NYC’s upper east side, Greenwich, CT, and the like, where the quiet “banker” criminals like Madoff nest. If you compare the stealing Madoff and the crews that brought down the whole world’s banking system to the urban or rural “blight” areas blight seems almost benign.

Nov. 15 2011 06:25 PM
IB from Brooklyn

I was a teenager throughout the entirety of the Bush Administration. I started high school on 9/11. Needless to say, it was a pretty disillusioning time. My entire adolescence I watched protest fail, and among the reasons that it failed was that the administration could ignore the largely dissatisfied public. Civil disobedience consisted of short-lived parades that usually ended in anticlimactic dissipation. I know. I went to a lot of them.

OWS has been so galvanizing because it's not a short-term event after which we go about our regularly scheduled lives. By remaining a constant and public presence it acts as a physical manifestation of the fact that these huge systemic problems rooted in finance and government, and the millions affected by them, can't just be swept away and ignored any more than the protestors could ignore the conflicts within the park itself.

I understand that area is a residential community. I understand the concerns over public health and safety. The conflicts in the park in the last few weeks have been very disturbing to me. Honestly, I really was not OK with the individual tents. But that was not the method for addressing them and it was not at all an acceptable way to treat human beings. The city is treating the movement (and the local conflicts that arose within it) like they can be erased and forgotten with a trash compactor and some power washers. They're symptomatic of larger issues that aren't going to disappear just because they won't be in the public eye 24/7.

The past 24 hours have only made me want to push back harder and yell louder, and do it everywhere and anywhere. And I don't think I'm alone in this sentiment.

Nov. 15 2011 05:44 PM
Jim from Manhattan

Mayor Bloomberg blocked the press from covering the moment when Police cleared Zuccotti Park. ???

I've lost all respect for the man...When you act like G.W. Bush that's what you get. Bloomberg will go down as a terrible coward and failed Mayor.

Power to the people! No Delay!

Nov. 15 2011 03:17 PM
Jason from NYC

I totally support the movement, but making it about the right to camp out is really ridiculous. Just as I think our gov took an antiquated approach to the "war on terror", organizers are missing the boat and letting the message be lost by making themselves such easy targets for those opposed to the movement.
Grow up, get registered, and get a national movement organized. We are with you, but not with you in taking over a park. I'm an NYC resident and the last thing we need are more people living in public space. Mayor Bloomberg is a self made man from a more humble background than many of the protestors, so don't make this about him.

Nov. 15 2011 11:55 AM
Hillary Brizell-DeLise from Manhattan

This national protest movement would be far more effective if participants would go home each night and return to rally daily at different locations where the worst offenders are. For instance, banks, corporations, politicians, should all have demonstrators in their faces on a daily basis. The Tea Party people managed to do this at the health care town halls, for instance.
Right now, all the attention is going towards the encampments rather than the key messages which, although diffuse, are many and compelling.

Right now, the parks and overtime pay are becoming red herrings and getting unwieldy with disparate hangers on who are disrupting the message.

Hillary, NYC

Nov. 15 2011 11:30 AM
Heyitsmar from Port Chester

Mayor Imminenet Domain strikes again!
If His Honor wants us to walk, We Will!

Nov. 15 2011 11:24 AM
anne from nyc

if this is about property rights, then let's have a sit-in at the 57th st and west side sanitation yards until all claimed property is returned as Bloomberg stated it would be. Anything that cannot be retrieved should be claimed in a lawsuit - from tents to medical equipment. Bloomberg said that the final decision was entirely his; let him go to small claims court to defend himself in each case.

Nov. 15 2011 11:23 AM
pwrwash

in the "99%" and thrilled the squatters were removed...those civilians in disagreement with the method should deny their re-entry...

Nov. 15 2011 11:22 AM
Mark

The United States is a bad country filled with bad people and they should feel bad. No point writing anything fancy for these neanderthals.

Nov. 15 2011 11:17 AM
Bernie from UWS

New York City Council should investigate the abuse of police power demonstrated most lately by the suppression of Occupy Wall Street, as well as the pattern of abuse of which this was an egregious example.

The First Amendment is not redundant. It specifically prohibits government from "abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble". The right to assemble is specified precisely because when people assemble they occupy space, displacing abstract "others" from that space.

A continuous assembly is not an illegal assembly. Government must defend the exercise of Constitutional Rights, and that includes making accommodatations so that public expression can occur safely and without unnecessary hardship.

The free association of people that constitutes Occupy Wall Street has shown a remarkable ability to act reasonably and responsibly, developing its own resources to protect health, property, and the rights of all participants. Police assistance has been called when necessary. When police officers have acted as public servants, their work has been appreciated.

The surprise attack on Occupy Wall Street is a blatant attempt to stifle public expression. The attack entailed the use of chemical weapons, beatings, arbitary arrests, and the confiscation and destruction of personal property. Like previous abuses of police power undertaken on the orders of Michael Bloomberg, it is an incendiary act, which will only force more people to come into the streets to demonstrate to the world:

This Is What Democracy Looks Like.

Nov. 15 2011 11:01 AM

Socialism doesn't work, a lesson these delusional hippies haven't learned. My family comes from one of the countries enslaved by communism, which wrought untold human suffering.

The government is corrupt, Wall Street is corrupt, but changes must be made by the ballot.

Nov. 15 2011 10:42 AM
Liz from Brooklyn

If burning the American flag is considered freedom of speech, then it follows that protesters ought to be allowed to assemble in Zucotti Park with their tents. Speech, as I understand it (as a poet), is as much an act as it is an articulation, and OWS, under the constitution, are afforded the right to BOTH modes of expression.

Nov. 15 2011 10:41 AM

What is wrong with simply protesting and not sleeping in a park? Can't we just voice our struggle in a clean and organized way? There is no need to camp and flaunt a loophole to voice a truth!

Nov. 15 2011 10:38 AM
anne from nyc

Why hasn't anyone challenged the "private park" status of Zucotti park? I hear anti-OWS commenters saying that you can't do this in a private park, and that Bloomfield Properties' rights must be respected.
Bloomfield built this park in exchange for being allowed EXCEPTIONS to city building codes. They got to build a larger building and make MORE money off it, in exchange they build a park for the CITIZENS and to alleviate the overcrowding feeling that would exist in many neighborhoods if buildings were allowed to be built very close to the street and rising 50 stories or more. This park is FOR THE PEOPLE. If it's not being treated that way, we should petition to change the zoning laws - clarify that developers must still build parks like these in exchange for erecting huge buildings that would normally be in violation of building codes - that the developer is required to maintain the park - but that the park belongs to the citizens.

Nov. 15 2011 10:28 AM
Daniela from Hell's Kitchen

I agree with the eviction, I disagree with the method (late at night,etc).

As a New Yorker I empathize with the people who live nearby. Who needs more noise and mess? BTW, Mayor Bloomberg, how about also not allowing work permits for construction at night and on weekends? We could use some quiet time at night. Also make your friends the rich developers put soundproofing between apartments!

The movement needs to focus on the real issues (99/1) rather than on one physical location which is private property.

Is there any reason why they cannot protest in front of a different Wall Street firm every week day? Can't they protest more in social media?

Trashing a park and bothering the locals is doing the movement, whatever it is, a disfavor.

Nov. 15 2011 10:23 AM
raulism from Brooklyn

I don't hear anything about the irony of Bloomberg's statement. NYC constantly allows private companies to take over public space, usually corporate events that kick the public out of public parks.

Nov. 15 2011 10:23 AM
Mike from Brooklyn

In less than two months the OWS movement changed the trajectory of our nation for the better. Two months ago all everyone was talking about were what social services we should cut so that the wealthiest Americans could keep their tax cuts. Now their is a robust conversation going on about the dramatic gap in wealth between the middle class and the rich-the 1%. In two months time, our nation has suddenly woken up to the realization that giving billions of dollars in tax cuts to the wealthiest 1% while slashing vital social services is simply wrong. Hopefully our elected leaders will start to listen. Thank you OWS!

Nov. 15 2011 10:21 AM
Steve from Queens NYC

Why don’t the protesters act like tourist (that our Mayor wants to occupy NYC) and just walk around aimlessly in the Wall St area. They can communicate by twitter. The cops can’t stop you for just walking around in the city even if past the same area 10 or 20 times of every 5 min. I think this will obstruct the normal flow of Wall St. just like the tourist do in the city. Bloomberg is now under pressure by Big Business. Now it time to use Gestapo tactics.

Nov. 15 2011 10:20 AM
Station44025 from Brooklyn

I had heard from protesters last week that the city was dropping off releasees from jail and mentally I'll homeless people at the park in an effort to create some kind of an incident to justify a response.

Banning people from lodging in the park essentially eliminates anyone from outside new York city from being involved.

Nov. 15 2011 10:16 AM
Nicole Memoli from Staten Island

While the right to free speech is guaranteed under the Constitutions, it does not allow anyone to cause physical harm, thereby violating their civil rights. the attack on the responding paramedic at zucotti park was a disgrace! THis person was only doing their job to help others.

Nov. 15 2011 10:15 AM
Gianni Lovato from Chatham, NY

Would anyone at OWS consider changing gears and accepting the challenge presented by Bloomberg that they Occupy Zuccotti Park with "the strength of their argument"?

Nov. 15 2011 10:13 AM
Carol from NYC

Arriving in the middle of the night, like a sneak attack in a war zone, by armed police, no longer distinct from a force of soldiers except by the guise of their garb. The dictator fooling no one as he describes the decision as his alone. He who paid for his election, who wlll not run again for his office. The duplicitous discourse about the neighborhood disruptions. Who are these residential neighbors? Do they live blocks away in Battery Park City disrupted by seemingly limitless roadway construction and the World Trade Center Memorial than by Zuccotti Park always a bit of a dead zone. The immediate perimeter of Zuccotti park does not have residents. Some nearby landmarks like Century 21, Trinity Church, and Syms seem no less crowded as are pizza parlors, and coffee shops still quite busy with locals and tourists alike. Increasingly limited access near Wall Street by the permanent and temporary barricades is also disruptive but who's counting. What is about the first amendment that those in power and those who identify with those in power fail to understand and support when it is not their cause that is doing the talking? Where is the NRA? Why the silence of the Libertarians? Is it that Conservatives, on talk shows and in politics appear to dislike the message so they are not supporting the messengers? The method? Human rights and freedom if they are to apply to all need to apply here as well and a middle of the night raid does neither. It fails to comfort nor will it permanently silence the essential awareness that if we want to live in a democracy we must confront the consolidation of power and the suffering that it engenders. In that, we are not so different from the Liberian women singing for their freedom, showing up when women in other African countries were shot, beaten, raped and arrested or the Egyptians forcibly removed from Tahrir Sqaure. We just like to think we are.

Nov. 15 2011 10:10 AM

Wow this dude on the phone is saying everything I would say....we need to end the fed and stop crony-capitalism.

Nov. 15 2011 10:10 AM

Though I do agree that the movement must move from JUST occupying a physical space to more vast, comprehensive activities...I DO NOT agree with the idea that ANY ELECTION will have ANY effect of remedying the corporate oligarchy that is entrenched in our culture.
We've tried that, again and again and again. These are new methods we are experimenting with. They may not be solutions, but at least we are acting.

Nov. 15 2011 10:09 AM
Inquisigal from Brooklyn

I am in support of the movement, and of getting all US citizens mobilized to work toward creating a society that is not all about protecting and propelling the wealthy, outsourcing and off-shoring jobs, and destroying ordinary people's quality of life due to the greed of a few.

That said, OWS campers - many supporters of the movement are getting tired of the "occupying" principle that does little beyond taking up needed public space in a crowded city, and creating media opportunities. Many New Yorkers who support the movement still need to go to work every day, and seek a little pleasant outdoor space during their lunch hour downtown, and they and local businesses pay their taxes. How can you engage these people when you're actually taking something away from them? Media opps get the word out, but now what?

You want more people to join the movement, and to make real progress? We are approaching an election year, and there's already been a plethora of Republican debates. What, if anything, has been done to speak to that odd cross-section of Americans who are middle class or poor, but who still vote Republican? What, if anything, has been done to prevent people from handing money over to candidates with deep Wall Street connections? Even Obama stated he wants to raise $1billion dollars for his campaign - which for me, as a Democrat, is offensive - if he can raise a billion dollars, why can't he make a huge gesture and put that money to good use beyond promoting himself?

Thank you, OWS protesters for starting the conversation, but please open your mind and see that camping in the middle of a crowded city is not the way to keep this thing progressing. There are so many, tangiable ways to "protest" what's going on. It just takes a lot more work than hanging out in a park

Nov. 15 2011 09:45 AM
Aaron from at work on Wall Street

The negative effects on businesses in the neighborhood and quality of life that the media keeps attributing to the protesters is entirely mis-directed. The disruption is more a result of the NYPD's strong over-reaction and misallocation of resources -- barricading off large sections of open space which is of course a major attractor and something that promotes increased consumer activity. Add to this the looming police presence, the sight and smell of police horse droppings for blocks and blocks around the site, and the difficulty of simply moving around all of the barricaded sidewalks and open spaces, and you have a bad environment that extends far beyond the reach of Zucotti Park and the relatively small group that kept their activities concentrated to that space.

Nov. 15 2011 09:33 AM
Heather from CT

I brought my child into NYC this past Sat. to see the OWS protests and to educate her on the importance of such actions by the people for the people.

But what we saw didn't look much like a protest. Protesters were in the minority, but other things weren't.

I agree with the clean up, but would like to see the protesters back.

Nov. 15 2011 09:28 AM
Otto Cosmopolis from LIC

End The Occupation!

I am 100% support of the 99% and the goals and principles of the movement but it's time to put the focus back on the inequality, corruption and collusion not on the encampments

Nov. 15 2011 09:10 AM
clive betters

what a monsterously patronizing, absurd thing for bloomberg to say,that he was "concerned about the health of protestors". talk about a smokescreen, nonsensical bunch of BS !

Nov. 15 2011 09:09 AM
Mickey Donohue from harlem

45 minutes was not enough time to pack up.
Nothing was held for OWS to pick up later - it was all thrown in the trash. You can see it any channel on TV.
And what's this restraining order? Notice Bloomjerk did not identify who's RO it was? Was it Brookfield Properties? Or maybe Anti-OWS citizens from the hood, backed ($$$) by Brookfield Properties and Bloomjerk.
They had planned on letting OWS back in at 8 AM after clean up was done. They were finished well before 6AM. They could have just re-opened but they selected just a few protesters to let in and then at 8AM kicked them out again.
There's something sneaky going on.
I SMELL A RAT!
Anyone else note how Bloomjerk name dropped Cuomo? He said Cuomo offered assistance but stopped very short of saying Cuomo supported his decision to evict.

Nov. 15 2011 08:54 AM
John from office

You call the police pigs??, they are your brothers and sisters, not aliens from another planet. They also are doing their job, serving their role in the society. When OWS takes over they would be the first to create their own police force, to enforce their rule.

OWS, would have the pups in the barn, ready to kill for the new masters.

Nov. 15 2011 08:37 AM

Zuccottis wimps, pick up a stone or a bottle, or better yet a club and get it on...your generation is as soft as pudding and you want everything just by asking? forget it.
the pigs want you dead...if you want to live you need to fight The Power...so stop whimpering and prepare to get bloody.

Nov. 15 2011 08:23 AM
Robin from CT

Enough already, go home. Find a job. Find use for your talents somewhere else. Leave the long suffering neighbors, in peace.

Nov. 15 2011 08:19 AM
clive betters

they'd throw us in ovens,if those were the orders given.............PIGS..........!!!

Nov. 15 2011 08:01 AM
k webster from nyc

From their website:
Today
9AM Post-Raid Rally and General Assembly

New Yorkers! Meet at 9am at Canal and 6th Avenue.

This movement can't be contained in one square block in lower Manhattan. It is bigger than that. You can't evict an idea whose time had come.

Nov. 15 2011 07:34 AM
k webster from nyc

I've worked to "save my neighborhood" for over 30 years and slowly but surely poor people got poorer, people got evicted from their homes, lost health insurance, etc.
This is a very clear message to the 99% that the 1%, personified by our Mayor, wants to decide the terms of the debate. He wants to remove the visible "eyesore" of a dysfunctional economy that Wall Street can't pretend isn't there. An "eyesore" that represented what is happening to the rest of this country.

Nov. 15 2011 06:57 AM
Joe from Brooklyn

UNSK2:
You talk about saving local libraries? Well, the police trashed the one at OWS this morning. So much for enlightened behavior or respect for intellect and learning. This morning's eviction from Zucotti Park was a show of brutal ignorance. on the part of the Mayor and the police.
Recall both Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelley.

Nov. 15 2011 06:55 AM
stan chaz from Brooklyn

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%. It will be your legacy- of repression. But you will not succeed. These mayors,, governors, 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....

Nov. 15 2011 06:29 AM
USNK2 from The Bronx

Long overdue - public health and safety comes first Mayor Mike, although not sure why this is happening at 3:00 am EDT.

Nihilism only leads to destruction. These people do not remember when Bushwick and Newark and Detroit and Watts burned. This is 1967-1968 redux, but worse because they do not have clarity of purpose behind their "protest".

New York City took almost twenty-five years to recover from 1967-68.

The New York City Police Department is the finest in the world, and has this Bronx voter and taxpayer's FULL SUPPORT!

You want change? Work to change your neighborhoods - one day at a time. Why not occupy the office of your City Councilperson?

Work to save your neighborhood library!

Nov. 15 2011 03:42 AM
Nick from NYC

Let's join them, our city and our world need us all there.

Nov. 15 2011 03:26 AM

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