Bloomberg Tries To Evict Occupy Wall Street Protesters

Just days after stating that he’ll allow the Wall Street protesters to stay indefinitely, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the NYPD will come to Zuccotti Park to kick out the 99%.

“The bottom line is – people want to express themselves. And as long as they obey the laws, we’ll allow them to,” Bloomberg told the Wall Street Journal on Monday. “If they break the laws, then, we’re going to do what we’re supposed to do: enforce the laws.”

Bloomberg’s remarks seem gracious, but really, the permission wasn’t his to give.

According to Gothamist, Det. Rick Lee, a community affairs officer at lower Manhattan’s 1st Precinct, explained the situation to locals at Community Board 1′s Financial District Committee meeting. “A representative for Brookfield would go into the park and say, ‘You’re in violation of the rules of the park. You have to leave.’ If they don’t leave, they’re trespassing. Then the police would get involved.”

So, rather than respect the movement and the protester’s First Amendment rights, the park owners suddenly announced that they would need to vacate the park for cleaning by 7 am tomorrow or risk arrest. They also issued “new rules” to the Occupiers:

New Zuchotti Park Rules

Although he’s hiding behind private owner “rules” about cleanliness, Bloomberg’s tactic is obvious and has been used to break up many protests in the past. The need to clean the park is nothing more than a ruse to get the protesters to leave permanently, because as the rules clearly state, Occupiers will only be allowed back in if they obey rules that include: no “lying down” and no use of “tarps or sleeping bags or other covering.

It’s essential that the public show it’s support for the Occupy Wall Street protesters and remind the City of New York that the 99% has a right to assemble in Zuchotti park. The rest of the world is watching, and if Occupiers are evicted, mayors of other cities will likely follow suit.

Take Action!

1. Call 311 and tell Bloomberg to support the right to assemble and to not interfere with #OWS. If you are calling from outside NY use this number 212-NEW-YORK.

2. If you can, go to the NYC #OWS on FRIDAY AT 6AM to defend the occupation from eviction.

3. Call Brookfield, the park’s owners and tell them to stop the eviction of Zuccotti Park:

Brookfield CEO Richard Clark: +1-212-417-7063
Brookfield US headquarters: +1-212-417-7000

4. Help Care2 gather as many signatures as possible on the petition below.

Show Your Support For Occupy Wall Street!

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Image Credit: Flickr – pweiskel08 | yfrog – thinkprogress


William C
William C3 months ago


W. C
W. C3 months ago

Thank you for the article.

Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago

He who controls the purse strings, controls EVERYTHING

Sylvia B.
Sylvia B6 years ago

Mr.Bloomberg WILL CERTAINLY NOT win ANY votes if he shoots his mouth off!

Michael C.
Michael C6 years ago

Hopefully, these demonstrations will continue to spread across the US, and continue on, to become America's "Arab Spring." Our American Autumn.

We are well past our time for renewal, to paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, "change is our right, our responsibility."

People, lets take America back from the 1%, they are trading on your future. These people are traitors to the true American way. Let us see heads roll.

The question is, since the 1% didn't respect the 99% yesterday, what efforts will be needed for us to call upon. Can we get there with non-violence, god knows the 1% doesn't respect Non-violence, not in a violent world of their own making.

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
" Thomas Jefferson

scarlett g.
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Frances C.
Frances C6 years ago

Occupy movements in San Diego and Encinitas this afternoon (Saturday) noon and one o'clock.

Pressure the Congress to pass the Jobs bill. All the Republicans are against it, of course, they don't care about working Americans. Also the two Democrats need to hear from us.

Keeley D.
Keeley D6 years ago

That notice is hillarious! No lying down? No putting your handbag on the ground?

Gloria H.
Gloria H6 years ago

Planning to go to a protest tomorrow after a job interview. I have faith that one or the other will work out fine. Do what you can to support the movement, when you can. We either all dog paddle together or sink individually.

Brian F.
Brian F6 years ago

As the banks are making record profits, ripping us off, health insurance companies making record profits, ripping us off, mortgage companies robbing us of our homes, 2% of the richest Americans not paying their fare share of taxes, and corporations making record profits, offshoring our jobs for overseas for slave labor, and not paying taxes, this coward Bloomberg has his NYPD thugs peppar spray and arrest our brave protesters, who have the courage to confront our corrupt system of government that favors the rich and corporate special interest. Instead of having the courage to confront the real criminal corporate ceo,s who don't pay taxes and make millions, Bloomberg, criminalizes the protesters and beats them, peppar sprays them, and put them in painful fex handcuffs for 8 hours at a time.