Occupy Wall Street protesters at Zuccotti Park sweeping up and scrubbing on Thursday afternoon hoping to stave off even temporary eviction.
By Robert Stolarik for the New York Times
Events and happenings involving the occupy movement are occurring almost at light speed (well not quite).
The latest was the cancellation of the "clean-up" of Zuccotti Park by Mayor Bloomberg of New York that would have effectively shut down and ended the Occupy Wall Street occupation that began less than a month ago.
This "clean-up" of the Park ruse was apparently initiated by a letter from Richard Clark, the CEO of Brookfield Properties that owns the Park to Police Commissioner Kelly asking for police assistance to "clear the Park" so it can be cleaned and further to prohibit sleeping bags, tents, tarps, lying on the ground and on benches which is "creating health and public safety issues". HOGWASH.
The protesters, upon hearing of this impending "clean-up and "temporary clearing" the Park of protesters, immediately took it upon themselves to sweep and clean the Park to stave off even temporary eviction and thus remove any justification by the City to "clear and clean" the park.
Mayor Bloomberg has made it known his distaste of the OWS occupation in Zuccotti Park and he was clearly using Clark's letter to Kelly as an excuse to effectively shut down the protest occupation.
But as one protester, Steve Sachs of Highstown, New Jersey put it, (in his determination to continue to take part in the OWS occupation), "I did not come here for a fight. I've never been in a fight in my life. I've never been arrested. But I was ready to be arrested over this."
Sach's doesn't sound like he's been a lifelong activist, spoiling for a fight and wanting to get arrested. But he's clearly someone (based on his remarks) who is determined to commit civil disobedience if necessary and get arrested to uphold and defend his Constitutional rights.
Yes it's still less than a month into this American occupy movement but my strong sense, at times being a direct part of some of the actions and committee discussions, this occupy movement isn't going away.
Any attempts by authorities to shut it down, evict people with "clean-up and clear out" ruses denying their Constitutional right to assembly, speak out and protest is going to fail.