As an apparent response by Billionaire Mayor Bloomberg (1%) to fears that protesters (99%) would ramp up their activities this Thursday on account of the two month anniversary of the protest, hundreds of riot gear clad police moved into Zuccotti Park in New York at 1 AM this morning to evict everyone. This is the main, original group of protesters. Shortly thereafter, an injunction allowing the protestors back into tyhe park with their tents was wrangled by the National Lawyers Guild.
At a morning news conference at City Hall, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city knew about the court order but had not seen it and would go to court to fight it. He said the city wants to protect people’s rights, but if a choice must be made, it will protect public safety.
Bla bla bla.
Dozens of protesters, some chained to each other, were arrested during the police action, people were removed, and the park was hosed down with power washers. It is now ringed with riot police and no one is being allowed in. The city has told protesters they can return but not with their tents and s sleeping gear. The court order, apparently, speaks to that issue. Bloomberg is concerned over the well being of tourists and passers by who might want to visit the park.
“The law that created Zuccotti Park required that it be open for the public to enjoy for passive recreation 24 hours a day,” Bloomberg said. “Ever since the occupation began, that law has not been complied with, as the park has been taken over by protesters, making it unavailable to anyone else.”
What a bunch of crap.
The removal of protesters has been occurring in cities throughout the country, and apparently the government response is to crack down.
Yeah. That always works.