OWS Protesters Remain In Zuccotti Park
Twenty four hours after police forcibly removed scores of Occupy Wall Street protesters from the Financial District’s Zuccotti Park, protesters were back in the park early Wednesday morning but this time without tents or sleeping bags.
After nearly two months of occupation by members of the anti Wall Street movement, the park was seized early Tuesday morning by police who carted away occupiers’ belongings while many protesters resisted. Protesters were then allowed to return to the park on Tuesday night, but only after being patted down by police and security to make sure they had no overnight gear. Tuesday to clear an estimated 200 inhabitants who were camped out in the park (see video below).
Throngs of sanitation workers then moved in to clear the park of debris, collect protesters’ possessions and steam clean the park grounds. Tuesday, attorneys for the Occupy Wall Street movement sought a judicial ruling that would allow protesters to return to the park with overnight gear, over the objection of city officials who wanted tents and overnight barred from the area.
A New York State Supreme Court judge subsequently sided with the city, ruling that Occupy Wall Street protesters would no longer be allowed to bring in their tents or sleeping bags.
In his ruling, the Honorable Michael Stallman turned down protesters’ application for a temporary restraining order, saying their First Amendment rights do not supersede the city’s “enforcement of law so as to promote public health an Skechers Boots d safety.”
The judge ruled that protesters could return to the park, but that they must respect “reasonable rules” established by Brookfield Properties, the owner of Zuccotti Park.
Both the City Law Department and , stressing that they felt First Amendment rights do not extend to camping on privately owned grounds.
In response to the ruling, two Manhattan churches Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village and the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew on the Upper West Side offered space to protesters on Tuesday night. It was unclear whether any of the pro Skechers Boots testers would accept the offers.
Protesters who spoke with NY1 late Tuesday said they would continue their demonstrations regardless of their location.
“You can see how exciting it is, that so many people have come out tonight to support our movement, and I think it shows that we’re just going to continue to grow, to expand, regardless of whether we reclaim our encampment here or set up one somewhere else,” said a protester. “We’re going to continue to occupy and continue to spread our message.”
“I think it was completely unconstitutional, because they even shut down the trains coming to this area to make sure nobody could be around,” said another. “So I think now the world can just see what happened. What Skechers Boots happened was completely insane, because if what the police are doing is right, why not do it where everyone can see it?”
“Some people here are working people and they occupy, showing their support by their bodies being here, and then there’s homeless people and they were getting their needs met here. They were getting food, clothes, doctors, and they threw all that away,” said a third. Wednesday.
Sanitation Department police said they pushed the time back in order to make the pick up as orderly as possible. from Wednesday through Friday. They should bring a valid photo ID and, once there, fill out a claim form and provide proof of ownership. Sanitation officials will then determine whether to return the item or put it aside for future determination.
Another Manhattan Park Briefly “Occupied” After Zuccotti Raid
Protesters had been camping out in Zuccotti Park Skechers Boots since September 17 but Mayor Michael Bloomberg had expressed repeated concerns that the encampment was , and that conditions in the park were becoming increasingly unsanitary. Tuesday, the mayor’s Twitter feed at NYCMayorsOffice, stated: “Occupants of Zuccotti should temporarily leave and remove tents and tarps. several hundred protesters had gathered there to plot their next move.
“The law that created Zuccotti Park required that it be open for the public to enjoy for passive recreation 24 hours a day. Tuesday. “From the beginning, I have said that the city had two principal goals: guaranteeing public health and safety, and guaranteeing the protestors’ First Amendment rights. That court ultimately sided with the city in allowing protesters back into the park, but only without tents and sleeping bags.
The mayor said Brookfield Properties had asked the city for help in enforcing the park’s no camping and sleeping rules, but said that the final decision to act was his.
“Make no mistake the final decision to act was mine and mine alone. The park has become covered in tents and tarps, making it next to impossible to safely navigate for the public and for first responders who are responsible for guaranteeing public safety,” Bloomberg said.