Many New Yorkers are waking up to a different city this morning, one that has, at least temporarily, been unoccupied. While many were sleeping, police massed at the edged of Zuccotti Park and began evicting the protesters encamped there. What was not immediately clear was why. Less than an hour ago, the Bloomberg administration released a statement finally beginning to answer that question.
The mayor said that protestors had become too much of a hazard to the community, to the first responders watching over them and to themselves. Brookfield requested the city take action, but they have been for some time.
Why November 15 was the day things had gone too far remains an open question. What is not is that this was Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s call, and while he continued to defend the protesters’ rights to assemble and speak out, he said he could no longer standby and allow the park to continue as an urban Woodstock. “Protestors have had two months to occupy the park with tents and sleeping bags,” he concluded. “Now they will have to occupy the space with the power of their arguments.”
His full statement after the jump. Read More