Bloomberg's Patience with Occupy Wall Street Wears Thin as Eviction Rumors Swirl

bloomberg zucc visit .jpg
via
Mayor Bloomberg visiting Occupy Wall Street a few weeks ago.
Mike Bloomberg has started to publicly lose patience with the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park. Yesterday, he told the Observer that recent reports of crime and sexual assault in the park were "a very high priority" for the administration and that any withholding of information from the police by protesters "is despicable, and I think it is outrageous and it really allows the criminal to strike again making all of us less safe."

Today during his weekly appearance on John Gambling's radio show, Bloomberg said that "we're not going to tolerate" some of the behavior at Zuccotti. "If you see what happened like in Oakland, we are not gonna have that here," he said. "That's not gonna happen here."

Bloomberg's pronouncements in recent days have caused the rumor mill at Zuccotti to kick into high gear. Yesterday, many of the of the park's residents were convinced that an eviction was scheduled for sometime over the course of the night.

At yesterday's General Assembly, Han Shan, a representative from the Community Affairs working group reportedly spoke to the crowd, saying that they had received "credible information" that "the city has lost its patience and is planning to evict us at some point in the near future."

Other working groups responded in kind, including the kitchen, which started moving things off-site, according to a source.

Occupier James Molenda, 32, said that this was the first time he'd lent any credence to eviction rumors because "it's coming from working group people, not somebody in the next tent." The rumor he'd heard was that the police would come through and clear the park at 2 a.m. He bought swim goggles in preparation for any pepper spray eventualities, and said that occupiers had been encouraged to store their laptops at the storage facility at 52 Broadway.

For what it's worth, a white-shirted police officer on the scene said he didn't know anything about an eviction, and doubted that one was scheduled.

The protesters are still there this morning. Jeff Smith, a member of the OWS press team, said that "it just seems like the same kind of chattering rumor mill" that produces eviction rumors regularly at Zuccotti. After street actions, there are usually rumors that police are trying to clear the park, and of course there was the botched Brookfield "cleaning" from a few weeks ago.

Smith thought that the rumors about eviction are "part of the intimidation tactic" on the part of the city. "I think they kind of stage it or make it seem like they're doing it to see how people would react to it," he said.

Given the precedent (and potential P.R. fallout), an outright nighttime raid on the park seems unlikely as opposed to more indirect methods, like mandating that the tents come down or simply freezing the occupiers out. "It's just more games that they're playing, trying to figure out what angle to push us out on," Smith said.

[rgray@villagevoice.com] [@_rosiegray]

Go to Runnin' Scared for more Voice news coverage.




Advertisement

My Voice Nation Help
2 comments
Andrew Nutra
Andrew Nutra

OWS: playing 60s radicals they saw on TV because the liberal arts degree they mastered in is not doing them any good in a down economy. Well guess what? Drumming and kicking out the homeless and ex-cons will not help you either. This is a land of opportunity not guarantees. Maybe you shouldn't have borrowed $200K to master in Medieval Eastern Ugandan poetry. 

Spo101
Spo101

The mayor proved my point about this being a CLASS WAR! “…if you’re ignorant, you’re scared of ideas…” unidentified young woman at Occupy Wall St, Zuccotti Park, NY, NY. interviewed by Geraldo Rivera at large

I’m not anti-police, I’m anti-abuse of power… but the video of police violating 1st Amendment rights of the Occupy Wall St/USA supporters is more than I can take. (I’ve got history, man…  search “Riverside 20”)

Well, it’s happened… police brutality and police abuse of power has led to serious injury. On 10-26-11 at Occupy Oakland, Iraq War Vet US Marine Scott Olsen had his skull fractured after he was shot in the head with a tear gas canister. WHAT?

Y’know what the REAL problem is? Too many law enforcement agents believe that crap dished out by the Limbaughs & FOX news! Conservative wacko cult bias shouldn’t driving police policy. It‘s “protect and serve” remember? Not act like the strong-arm guys for Wall Street organized crime, ya bunch of fascist oinkers.

NOTE: FOX News and the AM radio Limbaughs want to divert attention away from these facts and ridicule/demonize the Occupy Wall Street crowd. Fox News is punk’n  Occupy Wall supporters… SETTING YOU UP for police abuse of power/brutality, (right, Gasperino & Crowder) The smartest thing protest radicals (with coines) could do is storm the FOX News building the next time Glenn Beck comes out of his bomb shelter to do the O’Reilly Show, lol. And if you see Andrew Breitbart or James O’keefe… well, speaking for myself I’d knock these silver spoons @$$ OUT, just to be known as the guy who shut up these propagandists.

Funny, how public sector workers such as police and corrections officers expect Americans to protect their job/pension/health care security from Republican/Conservative spending cuts (examples in Wisconsin and Ohio). But then the police union/association members pay us back by beating, gas, shoot with rubber bullets and wrongfully arresting Concerned Citizens demanding accountability from the Wall St con-artists who ruined our economy.  It seems the real criminals and true enemies of the USA have  police and secret service protection.

The Class War has begun and the LAW better get out of the way. (like Egypt) The LAW has been very tough on Americans who can’t afford decent legal representation. The  Aristocrats and Ruling Class have spent a fortune of our tax dollars to set up a CONTROL by AUTHORITY legal system. (see jinnbad.blogspot.com)

Back in the late 90’s while the Newt Gingrich and Tom Delay were busy selling out the American middle class for a very few silver spoon trust fund babies... I don’t remember the public sector union workers standing up for their private sector union brothers and sisters. 

This rant is for all you Johnny-come-lately’s speaking out for the working class. I’ve been part of an accountability movement since the late 90’s.  The newspaper headline we used is from 4/16/99, titled: “Mattel to layoff 3,000 workers. WALL STREET CHEERED the news of restructuring, sending Mattel’s stock up nearly 16 percent…”   

WHAT?  We all know how IT turned out now that our children had all the latest LEAD based toys from China. 

Questions one must ask: How did Wall Street become the enemy of the American working class? What did the 90’s Congress legislate to make it easy for Corporations to move jobs out of the country?   Would the police of the time blame 3000 Mattel workers for being VERY angry? Because that news article was about as “in your face” as it gets…

NOTE: See where Elizabeth Warren or Michael Moore got (his “Last Word”) talking points from cyberbitchslap2.blogspot.com

New York Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...