Occupy Wall Street Vows to Shut Down Subways; NYPD Issues Plan to Mobilize 432 Headquarters Cops If Necessary
Update: Only a few hours after Graham Rayman posted this story of a leaked NYPD plan to mobilize against OWS protesters, a massive raid of Zuccotti Park began. Our reporter Rosie Gray was one of the first on the scene. Go here for her report.
Occupy Wall Street posted a notice on its website earlier today that it intends to block the subways and Foley Square, and shut down Wall Street, whatever that may mean, this Thursday. Meanwhile, the NYPD appears to be getting ready to counter a possible major push by the protesters with a new plan that would mobilize hundreds of cops assigned to headquarters.
A poster titled "Mass Non-Violent Direct Action" declares "Shut down Wall Street at 7 a.m., Occupy the Subways in the five boroughs at 3 p.m., and take Foley Square at 5 p.m." the poster depicts a reference to the 1989 Tiananmen Square uprising in China, where a man faced off against a tank.
"So far all we have done is make noise. The fighting has not begun yet," posted someone to the OWS website. "We must take control of our money and give it back to the people it was stolen from."
If it happens, that move, a lot like waving a red flag at a bull, will likely trigger an aggressive response from the NYPD. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly recently ordered creation of a headquarters mobilization plan that was seen by some as preparation for a major encounter with the OWS protests.
The plan, obtained by the Voice, orders if necessary the mobilization of hundreds of officers assigned to police headquarters. In all, 432 police officers of various ranks would be mobilized from headquarters. The NYPD conducted a test of the new system last week.
Speaking at a press conference touting the city's tourism and hotel industry, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, ""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."
"The New York Stock Exchange will open on time. People will be able to get to work, you can rest assured," he added.