Occupy Wall Street movement continues after victory

This video from New York City is called Occupy Wall Street Eviction Averted.

USA: “Bloomberg Didn’t Evict Occupy Wall Street!” Demonstrators Cheer. Paul Mutter, Truthout: “Despite an optimistic mood at Occupy Wall Street (OWS) today due to a decision by Zuccotti Park’s owner, Brookfield Office Properties, to not go forward with a planned cleanup of the space, demonstrators and police clashed in the Financial District this morning. This led to multiple arrests, as well as the arrest and hospitalization of a legal observer after his leg was caught under a moving New York Police Department (NYPD) scooter”: here.

NYC Withdraws Cleaning Evacuation Order in Face of Defiant Occupy Wall Street Protesters: here.

New York police fail to clear park after thousands gather to defend Occupy Wall Street: here.

On the News With Thom Hartmann: Bloomberg Backs Down, Allowing Occupy Wall Street Protesters to Stay, and More: here.

Occupy Wall Street Showdown: Triumph and Tense Clashes. Lynn Parramore, AlterNet: “The image of those cops suddenly erupting into aggressive action with their clubs out in the midst of a peaceful protest will stay with me for a long time. And so will the image of a young man reading Voltaire a little while later, immersed in the words of an Enlightenment philosopher who said, among other things: ‘It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong'”: here.

Occupy Wall Street: People Power vs. the Police State. Nick Turse, AlterNet: “Friday may be the most salient test yet of the young movement’s people power in the face of police state tactics. The NYPD has overwhelming force, but right now, Occupy Wall Street still holds the park and is still building, they shouted in unison today, ‘The society that we envision for the world!'” Here.

Separating Facts from Media on Occupy Wall Street: here.

Four Reasons to Occupy Wall Street (short video): here.

Occupy SF and Teachers Union Join Forces to Protest Conservative Education Summit – Rupert Murdoch to Give Keynote: here.

L.A. City Council Votes to Support Occupy LA: here.

Strong turnout for first Occupy Detroit protest: here.

Support builds for Occupy Chicago protest: here.

Occupy Pittsburgh: “The corporations just get bailed out, while the people suffer”: here.

2 thoughts on “Occupy Wall Street movement continues after victory


    According to The New York Times, Mayor Bloomberg’s girlfriend, Diana L. Taylor, sits on the board of Brookfield Properties, the owner of Zuccotti Park (aka Liberty Park). But that’s hardly the only tie that has resulted in Brookfield becoming an active partner in Bloomberg’s efforts to close down Occupy Wall Street.

    The current gambit of, in essence, closing the public headquarters of the movement under the guise of “cleaning up” the park, and then imposing rules that would prohibit anything other than pedestrian traffic and sitting on benches, is now delayed. (It had originally been scheduled for 7 AM EST Friday.)

    Occupy Wall Street put out a call last night for people to join them in preventing the New York Police Department (NYPD) – allegedly acting at the behest of Brookfield Properties – from effectively shutting down the active “headquarters” of the anti-Wall Street corruption and economic inequality groundswell uprising. In addition, the public advocate for New York City – a position not well known out of Manhattan, but one with considerable influence in city politics – challenged Bloomberg’s coordinated effort with Brookfield to render inoperative the anti-Wall Street beachhead.

    “Bill de Blasio, the city’s public advocate,” according to The New York Times, “had expressed concern over the city’s actions as he inspected the park Thursday afternoon and listened to protesters’ complaints.”

    Bloomberg had first tried to use the NYPD – and perhaps others – to infiltrate and perhaps bait the Occupy Wall Street protesters into some sort of violent act, which would turn public opinion against them, and allow him to use the sort of excessive police force employed in “The Battle of Seattle” several years ago to cut off the head of the populist surge that has put corporations and Wall Street on the defensive. That didn’t work, even though hundreds of people were arrested after claiming that the police led them onto the street level of the Brooklyn Bridge and then arrested them.

    But plan “B” was for Brookfield Properties, which technically owns the public park as a result of it being built in return for zoning variations in the area, to “ask” for police help if plan “A” didn’t pan out.

    Just two weeks ago, Bloomberg – the fourth-richest man in America whose fortune comes from an information software device used by financial firms (along with a growing media empire, with an emphasis on business) – spoke of a “sanitation crisis” in a rambling attack on Occupation Wall Street on a New York radio program. He implicitly threatened that he would close the site down. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Brookfield Properties was expressing “deep” concern about the sanitation conditions in the park. This was not a coincidence: it was a public relations meme.

    Newspaper accounts of the now-delayed Zuccotti Park cleanup generally accept that the City of New York was planning to have the NYPD arrest protesters who didn’t clear the park as a response to a “request” from Brookfield Properties – and it is true that there is such a written request.

    But this is not Brookfield Properties acting on its own. It could have done that a long time ago. In fact, it could have employed private security guards to clear the park of “temporary residents,” by some legal interpretations of its rights as “owner” of the property.

    Brookfield Properties is a multibillion-dollar commercial real estate company that is as tight as a tick with Bloomberg and the Wall Street plutocracy. It can’t make a move in New York City to develop new projects without the approval of City Hall. It didn’t make a move on Zuccotti Park (named after the chairman of Brookfield) until the mayor got his ducks in a row and his public relations and legal people felt they could use the “sanitation” ruse, while the mayor claimed – for media consumption – that he was in support of the constitutional right to protest. You can bet your last dollar that Brookfield Properties was asked to write its letter to City Hall at the time it did directly by City Hall. The fact that the mayor’s girlfriend is on the board of Brookfield is just symbolic icing on the cake of the oligarchy’s symbiotic relationship.

    However, due to factors already cited, and the strong legal possibility that the NYPD could not be called into Zuccotti Park unless Brookfield Properties obtained a court order allowing for such a move, the mayor’s office announced just before their scheduled de facto eviction that the police clear-out was being “delayed.”

    As BuzzFlash at Truthout noted in a commentary last week, “With the price of milk rising so high that many low-income New Yorkers can’t afford it anymore, it’s hardly comforting to know that … the priority of the multibillionaire mayor of New York is ‘helping the banks.'”

    Brookfield Properties does not make a move or a statement in regards to Zuccotti Park without direction from Mayor Bloomberg’s office. Of this you can be certain.

    Nearly every financial firm and multinational corporation in America is relying on Bloomberg to be their fellow multibillionaire point man in putting an end to this “insurrection,” just like the British Tories tried to do with the American revolution.

    Mark Karlin
    Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout


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