Friday, October 28, 2011

Power to the People: Bloomberg, NYPD remove generators from OWS encampment

The NYPD has taken the generators away from the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti park.
New York police and fire personnel removed dozens of gasoline cans and six generators today from Zuccotti Park, where Occupy Wall Street protesters have camped for almost six weeks, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
The equipment, which has helped the protesters power computers and mobile phones and keep warm as temperatures dipped near freezing, are safety hazards and unlawful, Bloomberg said today on his weekly radio show on WOR. Forecasts call for rain and snow in the metropolitan area tomorrow.
The material won’t be allowed back into the park in Lower Manhattan, Bloomberg said. The occupants cooperated with law enforcement and the sweep produced no violence, he said.
“Our first two concerns are First Amendment and safety, and this was safety,” Bloomberg said. “People were courteous and understanding. The story of this morning is that there was no story.”

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