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We're not sure where Bloomberg stands on Occupy Wall Street:

by Sarah P. Reynolds

Mayor Bloomberg has shared a few of his thoughts about Occupy Wall Street and he's reacted strongly as the week comes to a close.18

Here's what he said about the protests on Thursday during a public appearance:

“You don’t see people throwing things the way you do in other parts of the world...I do not think this will escalate, and we want to make sure people have the right to protest.”

And here's what he said on Friday:

“What they’re trying to do is take the jobs away from people working in this city…They’re trying to take away the tax base we have. None of this is good for tourism.” (Bloomberg, WOR)

"Everyone's got a thing they want to protest, some of which is not realistic, and if you focus for example on driving the banks out of New York City, you know those are our jobs ... You can't have it both ways: If you want jobs you have to assist companies and give them confidence to go and hire people." (Village Voice)