Mayor Mike Bloomberg was asked point-blank this morning by WOR radio host John Gambling if the Occupy Wall Street protesters would be permitted to stay down in Zuccotti Park for as long as the demonstration raged.
And he seemed to suggest that the protestors shouldn’t expect their lease to run-on indefinitely.
“We’ll see,” the mayor said. “People have a right to protest but we also have to make sure that people who don’t want to protest can go down the streets unmolested. We have to make sure that while you have a right to say what you want to say, people who want to say something very different have a right to say that as well. That’s what’s great about our country. The right to protest is part of our culture but it’s also true that there are other soceital concerns. You are worried about sanitation and there are lots of different laws on the books about what you can do.”
The mayor also didn’t sound much like one of those pols who have come around to the demonstrators concerns.
“The protesters are protesting against people who make $40-50,000 a year and are struggling to make ends meet,” he said. “That’s the bottom line. Those are the people that work on Wall Street or on the finance sector.”
“We always tend to blame the wrong people,” added Bloomberg. “We blame the banks–they were part of this, but so was Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and Congress and you and me. Everybody wanted the boom times.”