Our thoughts tonight, as we lay safe and warm in our beds, are with the people Occupying Wall Street, as they prepare for tomorrow’s confrontation with police

As early as tomorrow morning, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be ordering riot police into Zuccotti Park to forcefully evict the hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters who have set up their base of operation there. The official line is that sanitation workers need the protesters out in order to clean the park. The following clip comes from the Your News Now website.

…During a surprise visit to Zuccotti Park on Wednesday night, Mayor Michael Bloomberg assured protestors that they can return after the park is cleaned. However, the notices include new rules for protestors once they return.

The statement says demonstrators are no longer allowed to use tarps, lay on the ground or on benches, or use sleeping bags. The protesters will also be screened to make sure they are not carrying those forbidden items.

The mayor’s office issued a statement Thursday saying in part, “We will continue to defend and guarantee their free speech rights, but those rights do not include the ability to infringe on the rights of others, which is why the rules governing the park will be enforced.”

Throughout Thursday, protesters said they feared the scheduled cleaning will be the first step in trying to get rid of their movement, so they spent the day emptying the park of trash. Protesters and sympathizers were asked on Facebook to use their own cleaning supplies on the plaza…

Our thoughts are with the protesters tonight as they study up on practical techniques for holding ground, and try to ensure that everyone is up to the task of meeting the threat of violence with non-violence. Here’s hoping that no one, on either side of the police lines, is hurt, and that the movement, regardless of what happens in New York, continues to grow.

Here, for those of you who haven’t yet seen it, is a well done mashup of our elected leaders enthusiastically praising the young men and women of Egypt and Syria who rose up so heroically this past spring and took control of their own countries, and footage of our own American protesters being pepper sprayed and forced to the ground for exhibiting the very same thirst for democracy here at home. It’s powerful stuff.

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12 Comments

  1. dr
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    I know there is an occupation going on in Flint tomorrow and in Lansing Saturday, but does anybody know if there is going to be any kind of solidarity action within range of the AATA tomorrow?

  2. Christine M
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    Russell Simmons offered to pay for the park cleanup so they can avoid evicting everyone tomorrow. He just did this on twitter. Let’s see if it’s really about cleanup or more about removing people now.

  3. Edward
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    The Occupy protesters have also established a sanitation committee, and, according to them, they have everything taken care of. I’ve read a few “first hand accounts” on conservative sites of people pooping and fucking on the ground, but I haven’t seen any credible evidence of this having happened. This is pretty clearly an orchestrated campaign to squash the occupation.

  4. EOS
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    http://www.thecloakroomblog.com/2011/10/occupy-sesame-street-99-of-the-worlds-cookies-are-consumed-by-1-of-the-monsters/

  5. Meta
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    The company that owns the park has informed the police that they no longer want the park cleared.

    http://my.firedoglake.com/elliott/2011/10/14/occupywallstreet-livestreams/

  6. anonymous
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    I know that it’s easy to manipulate film clips, and that, in some of these instances, the protesters being forced to the ground had probably done something to warrant that treatment, but, Jesus. This is absolutely sickening. And the hypocrisy of our leaders makes it worse.

  7. Nice
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Good work, America. This definitely would have happened today if not for the thousands of emails and calls that flooded Bloomberg’s office and those of the park owners. This is testament to how strong this movement is. Polls are showing the Occupy movement is already twice as popular as the Tea Party. Good work.

  8. Posted October 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    http://www.facebook.com/groups/199678676768288
    is the facebook catch-all for Occupy Ann Arbor.
    FYI

  9. James
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    I will be in NYC next week for about four days. I will try to drop by the OWS thing. I am going to be working while I am there, so I won’t be able to spend a lot of tine there.

  10. TaterSalad
    Posted October 15, 2011 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    The Occupy Protesters are being used as “useful idiots” and are the “soldiers” of a bigger thing. Even Geraldo Rodriguez who visited Occupy NY was being used as a “useful idiot”. By who? The Communist Party! Within two weeks, Van Jones and his marxist community will rise, push these useful idiots aside and try to bring down capitalism and usher in a communist state. These protesters think they have problems now? Wait until this happens……….if it succeeds!

  11. TaterSalad
    Posted October 15, 2011 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    The protestors at Occupy Wall St. are “Useful Idiots” and they don’t even understand what they are being used for. They are being used, hook, line and sinker by the Communist Party. Within two weeks, Van Jones will stick his head out of the mud and declare himself the hero and savior of the movement and then all of the protesters will be “dispersed” as “non-essential” to the movement. Ushering in communism is the goal here by collapsing the capitalist government of the U.S. Protesters, if you think you have problems now, wait a couple more weeks! Your problems are just starting!

    http://floydreports.com/lenin-was-right-occupy-wall-street-protesters-are-useful-idiots/

    ……….and to take this to one problem that needs to be addressed by the protesters is debt. Their debt is being scammed by the system they are protesting to/about and here is one of their problems they don’t understand:

    The people on Occupy Wall Street are going after the wrong people by attacking workers and CEO’s of Wall street. The real problem with “debt” is with the Universities that place these protesters at risk and in debt. For instance, take Columbia University. Their returns on investments with “Wall Street” on their endowments within the University was 23.8%. Hypocrites? You bet. Blame them and their salaries and benefits while teaching liberalism.

    http://www.pionline.com/article/20111013/DAILYREG/111019935/columbia-endowment-investments-return-236

  12. TaterSalad
    Posted October 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    You will need “more than” thoughts and prayers when you think of your sweet little, useless idiot, marxist wall streeters after looking at these pictures.

    http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/newgallery/category/C24/

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