UPDATE: BREAKING: Bloomberg served with order requiring reopening of Zuccotti to protesters at 7:50 AM. Park still closed.
The #OWS zombies are maching back to Zuccotti Park. Pamela Hall was down at #OWS before the eviction and disinfection. Here is what it looked like:
The notice to vacate:
Apparently it was a covert operation. Please gathered under the Manhattan Bridge. Even the cops didn't know what they were doing....
A quote from NY Post makes it clear that the threatened violence on Thursday was the deciding factor. Not the pleas of the merchants or the residents, thought this quote seems to imply otherwise.
Bloomberg reiterated his support for the protesters’ right to free speech but said he was aware that business owners — about 10 of whom rallied against the protest today at City Hall — have legitimate complaints.“We’re not going to allow people to stop commerce and to stop people’s right to go around and express themselves. No one group has the right to protest. They all have the right to protest,” Bloomberg said.
I have my doubts...more likely it was the threat of a major insurrection in the City Well, guess they really did themselves in by over-reaching. Glad something finally made the Mayor finally do his job.
Leaving this post up as I wrote in. The videos are still revealing. The plight of the merchants and the arrogance of the OWS.
NY POST: "On Thursday, the Occupy Wall Street movement, according to the group's Web site, planned “Mass, Non-violent Direct Action” to “Shut Down Wall Street” at 7 a.m., “Occupy the Subways” in all five boroughs at 3 p.m. and “Take the Square,” referring to Foley Square, at 5 p.m.
Protest organizers were also touting signs alluding to China’s infamous Tiananmen Square revolt.
November 14, 2011 5 PM City Hall NYC Day 58
A Press Conference/Protest was called by a concerned citizen to support the merchants and to protest the 'occupation'. She is NYC born and raised, a layed-off elementary school teacher who unfortunately hid her face behind a white mask. Maybe not the best choice, but her reason for being there wasn't hidden. She's mad as hell at the stone-walling Mayor Bloomberg and his City Council. They have continued to ignore the pleas of the small businesses in the Wall Street area. The city, the businesses and the residents are being held hostages by the anarchists. The damages to the businesses downtown are already at half a million and climbing, yet the merchants and a timid turnout . Fear of retaliation will do that.
With the best of intentions the protest was a bit unorganized. There was never a clear beginning to the Press Conference; for the merchants who were able to attend, there was no clear indication of who was a merchant, who was a supporter and WHO was representing the Strong-Arm of the Occupiers.
Part 1- VIDEO- The woman who organized the protest spoke first while waiting for merchants to arrive
The press was clueless, they just didn't understand the merchants; that the vandalism and harassment has taken it's toll, not only financially but also emotionally. Even Brookfield Properties was harassed and intimidated into calling off the police when it came time to wash-down the park. The same thuggery is now focused no the merchants.
Next are statements from some of the brave merchants who came out to speak to the press.
Part 2 VIDEO- The Merchants speak the truth without prevarication
There was also a smattering of residents from the area as well. And one particular videographer who was angry enough to speak his mind to the clueless press.
Part 3 VIDEO The Stalwart Videographer. (Michael)This guy is fabulous! One of the OWS Propaganda Facilitators started asking him questions. And this no nonsense guy from Queens laid out for him. Love how he defends the Tea Party.
But the press was sucked in by the Propaganda Reps of the Occupation, spewing the party-line.The liked hearing that all is really just fine with the Occupation and the surrounding merchants. No problems at all. No one is unhappy. No one is suffering damages or losses. Lies, Lies and more lies poured from their mouths and the reporters hung on every word.
An obnoxious display that was going unchallenged so I pressed one of the Propagandists to respond to my questions, questions that supported the claims of the merchants. The rude, snide and cocky responses were to be expected.
Part 4 VIDEO The Propaganda Facilitators from Camp #OWS
This video will be posted later on the 15th ( Tuesday)
Bloomberg and the City were put on notice by the anarchists at Zuccotti Park. This Thursday the #OWS insurgents would march from their Home Base all over Wall Street. They were planning to shut down the Stock Market and to swarm the subways. Will they pull thus off now that they are evicted?
Recently, maybe until 1 AM this morning, the anarchists were content. All was fine at Zuccotti Even though other camps sites were being reclaimed by their owners, Zuccotti held firm .They were proud, committed to the destruction of America.
They insist (they KNOW) that AMERICA is with them. America Supports them.
Bloomberg and Company praise them sayjng the protesters were largely law-abiding and did not bother anyone.
"If you go one block away from this park, you would never know it exists," he said last week. "It's just literally -- in any direction, one block away -- there's just nothing."
But a police officer who was posted at the perimeter of the park for seven days said he is one “ fed-up New Yorker.” “After speaking with many of them ( the occupiers) , I realize they are unemployable takers,They just want to be able to tell their friends, ‘Hey, I was there.’ There is no leader, no voice. They have money in the bank but can’t agree on using it and no one knows who controls it. I’m sick of it. Fed up like everyone else.”
Well, the Park was cleaned. 6 am and the tents are gone. Will they stay gone?
Will we have riots in the streets?