The Occupy Wall Street Protest encampment is located at Zuccotti Park, on the corner of Broadway and Liberty St. The camp is set up in an abnormally organized manner for this type of event. There is a kitchen, a sleeping quarter, a medical center, an art and posters area, an information desk, and a group assembly area.
The park is officially owned by Brookfield Office Properties, an investment company. This particular investment company is part of the groups that rivaling the movement the protesters are pushing for. Also, this company is thought to have ties with Mayor Bloomberg, someone who has expressed that he wants the protest to be shut down.
The groups that have been in disagreement over the use of Zuccotti Park are the Protesters, who are using the park as a camp in order to fuel a change, and Brookfield Office Properties, who are working with Mayor Bloomberg and the police force to ‘clean’ up the park.
The ‘cleaning up the park’ operation, that BOP wishes to initiate, may end up not only cleaning up the park, but clean up the protesters as well. You see, when you send these protesters elsewhere for the four hours it takes to clean the park, most of the people will go home and take a shower. After taking their shower and having a nap, the civilians will realize how much they missed their home during the past month of living on the streets. The civilians will then realize that they don’t want to continue their movement and will stay home, resulting in a loss of manpower for the movement. This ‘cleaning’ is threatening the very existence of the cause and should be treated with maximum resistance.
The park ‘cleaning’ was eventually called off by Brookfield Office Properties when:
After that, and a Police Motorcyclist parking a vehicle on top of a Pedestrian Protester, Brookfield Office Properties decided that they were going to call off the parks ‘cleaning’.
The Mayor and police have publicized that they want to the protesters to leave Zuccotti Park by arresting and macing innocent protesters. The protesters displayed that the random arrests and assaults on several protesters during the last month are wrong by video-documenting and contacting the media, but that has barely had an effect on the situation. The protesters are creating the videos to use media to fuel the movement, to persuade people to get the word out and to prevent more arrests.
You know, police shouldn’t lay a finger on any person without a legal reason. Period. They shouldn’t break the vows of their job, but some do. They are corrupt, and there is nothing anyone can really do about it, without their personal info; Personal info that many officers aren’t willing to give out, despite their job requiring them to. In my unbiased opinion, the cops shouldn’t have the right to harm or arrest any of the protesters on Wall Street unless they, as individuals, break the law.