Occupy Wall Street protestors must vacate Zuccotti Park for cleanup
NYC, NY, United States (AHN) – NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg said Occupy Wall Street protestors could stay in Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park indefinitely on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the mayor said the protestors must move temporarily so that the private park can be cleaned.
The cleanup may just put an end to the near month long movement. Zuccotto Park rules, which prohibit camping, lying on the ground and storing property, will be strictly enforced starting Friday morning as the cleanup commences.
The protestors have constructed a makeshift community of tents, mattresses, giant plastic storage bins filled with canned and dry goods, and boxes of overflowing donated books. While city park officials have been trying to keep the area clean since the march and subsequent camp-out began on Sept. 17, the park’s landlord Brookfield Office Properties Inc. has the final say.
Brookfield said that the protestors will be allowed to return the areas that have been cleaned as long as they abide by the park’s rules. The landlord says its office has been inundated with phone calls and emails from concerned citizens and office workers in the area about the unsanitary conditions.
Mayor Bloomberg believes the demonstrators have a First Amendment right to protest.