Friday, October 14, 2011

Occupy Wall Street park eviction postponed

At dawn today, the powers that be announced that the planned eviction of occupiers from the Zuccotti Park, has been postponed. From the deputy mayor's office:

  1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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  3. October 14, 2011
  4. www.nyc.gov      
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  6. STATEMENT OF DEPUTY MAYOR CAS HOLLOWAY ON BROOKFIELD PROPERTIES POSTPONING THEIR CLEANING OF ZUCCOTTI PARK
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  8. “Late last night, we received notice from the owners of Zuccotti Park – Brookfield Properties – that they are postponing their scheduled cleaning of the park, and for the time being withdrawing their request from earlier in the week for police assistance during their cleaning operation. Our position has been consistent throughout: the City’s role is to protect public health and safety, to enforce the law, and guarantee the rights of all New Yorkers. Brookfield believes they can work out an arrangement with the protesters that will ensure the park remains clean, safe, available for public use and that the situation is respectful of residents and businesses downtown, and we will continue to monitor the situation.”

 I wonder whether the postponement is until a time when the occupiers are elsewhere, making it easier for police to swoop into the park in a surprise move. Business Insider reports talk of a march later today to Wall Street. Stay tuned...

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