A few moments later, on Park Avenue, a man wearing dark clothes and wearing no visible badge grabbed a woman by the arm and threw her to the ground. Uniformed officers arrested her and a second woman as other officers blocked the lens of a newspaper photographer attempting to document the arrests.
A homeless man kicked a tent and a protester punched him. The incident, captured by a Post photographer, is called “a rampage” and “Godzilla-like” and described as happening multiple times. It’s also “the type of increasingly violent incident” happening in “Zoo-cotti” Park.
Those who oppose or belittle this movement will be on the wrong side of history, just like those who opposed civil rights and marriage equality.
Someone will likely rise out of this movement born in Zuccotti Park and capture the imagination of our city
The “first systematic random” polling of Occupy Wall Street shows there’s “a deep commitment to left-wing policies: opposition to free-market capitalism and support for radical redistribution of wealth.”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said this morning that the longer the protest at Zuccotti Park continues, the “worse” it will be for the New York City economy, but that there was a “limit” to what the city could do to remove protesters, since it is a privately owned park.
Bloomberg also said the park’s owner, Brookfield Office Properties, “got lots of calls, from many elected officials, threatening them.”
Dear @MikeBloomberg — I will pay for clean-up of Zuccotti Park to avoid confrontation.
Wall Street may not be occupied for much longer.
Two days after Mayor Michael Bloomberg said protesters could stay in Zuccotti Park “indefinitely” if they followed the law, the mayor visited them tonight to say they had to be out of there by Friday, according to the mayor’s office. The reason given by the mayor tonight was that the park needs to be cleaned.
The request to clean the park is coming from the company that owns it, Brookfield Office Properties, which wrote a two-page letter to the NYPD asking for help “to clear the Park” and to “assist” on an “ongoing basis” in order to keep the area safe and clean.
In the Oct. 11 letter to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, Brookfield’s C.E.O., Richard B. Clark, said the four-week old “trespassing of the protesters” has created “a health and public safety issue that must be addressed immediately.”
Rep. Nadler also went after the New York City Police Department’s handling of the demonstrators saying, “And of course you also have the problem that the police improperly staged a little riot of their own, which we are going to have investigated.”