Last night protesters and their defenders at Zuccotti Park for the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations urged Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Brookfield Properties–the owners of the park–to withdraw their threats to clean up the park and to remove anyone who stood in their way.
It appears as if their pleas were heard.
This morning, deputy mayor Cas Holloway sent along the following statement:
“Late last night, we received notice from the owners of Zuccotti Park – Brookfield Properties – that they are postponing their scheduled cleaning of the park, and for the time being withdrawing their request from earlier in the week for police assistance during their cleaning operation. Our position has been consistent throughout: the City’s role is to protect public health and safety, to enforce the law, and guarantee the rights of all New Yorkers. Brookfield believes they can work out an arrangement with the protesters that will ensure the park remains clean, safe, available for public use and that the situation is respectful of residents and businesses downtown, and we will continue to monitor the situation.”
Protesters has promised to link arms around the park to prevent any police or sanitation crews from entering, and spent most of yesterday cleaning the park, including scrubbing the floor and planting new flower bulbs, in order to show administration officials that a city-led clean-up was not necessary.
Letter from Brookfield is reprinted below: