Richard Brodsky stood in the middle of Zuccotti Park one afternoon last week, surrounded by several dozen drummers, a quartet doing tandem tai chi, two Native Americans calling for the freeing of Leonard Peltier and a stack of Godiva chocolate donated to the Occupy Wall Street protests. He was trying to get some answers.
Earlier in the day, the Bloomberg administration announced that all of the demonstrators would have to vacate the park so that it could be cleaned, and a few minutes prior, police commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters that the demonstrators wouldn’t be able to come back with their tents or sleeping bags. The protesters were vowing to resist and were furiously scrubbing the ground and replanting flowers to convince the mayor to change his mind. If that failed, they were planning to link arms and keep the cops from entering the park. The sky above the park began to darken. A massive thunderstorm was moving in. Something bad seemed to be in the offing. Read More