Occupy Wall Street wins round one of Zucotti encampment dispute
“The International Women’s Alliance (IWA) supports the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ actions and calls on women’s organizations, networks, and alliances worldwide to join and express their solidarity especially on the Global Day of Action on October 15.” (IWA)
Over 650 global cities have confirmed they will support “Occupy Wall Street” on Saturday, October 15. According to The Nation, Katrina vanden Heuvel’s article, Will Occupy Wall Street’s Spark Reshape Our Politics, “the Occupy Wall Street has the quality of an exploding star. It is gathering energy in enormous and potent quantities, and propelling it outward to all corners of the country.” Reuters states that activists in London will gather to protest outside the London Stock Exchange on October 15 on the same day that Spanish groups will mass on Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square in solidarity. However, the New York Wall Street Global Day of Action this Saturday may not happen, at least if the New York Mayor and NYPD has their way about it. Possible eviction by NYPD
According to the Gothamist, New York’s billionaire Mayor Mike Bloomberg has ordered the New York City police to evict the Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday morning, October 14, for cleaning. The NYPD had received a letter from Brookfield, owner of the park, in regard to its condition and needing to clean the park immediately. Park rule changes force protesters to refuse leaving According to International Business Times, the cleaning would take place for four hours and then demonstrators would be allowed to return to the area “for lawful use consistent with [city] regulations.”
The protesters cleaned the park themselves, scrubbing and clearing their live-in areas with no intent to leave due to Brookfield’s updated rules, “People will have to remove all their belongings and leave the park. After it’s cleaned, they’ll be able to come back. But they won’t be able to bring back the gear, the sleeping bags, that sort of thing will not be able to be brought back into the park. No lying down will be allowed either.” At this time, NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly is planning on enforcing the eviction notice, prompting all park demonstrators to put out a call for help. If a confrontation occurs, the movement may possibly increase in size even more than simply the International Women’s Movement, teachers or union members. Reuters reports that “Tahrir Square in Cairo, Green Square in Tripoli, Syntagma Square in Athens and now Zuccotti Park in New York — popular anger against entrenching power elites is spreading around the world.” This also includes the International Women’s Organization from the Philippines.
Reuters continues with the fact Chinese newspapers splashed news about Occupy Wall Street with editorials blaming the U.S. political system and denouncing the Western media for playing down the protests. “The future of America stands at a crossroads. Presuming that effective measures to relieve the social mood and reconstruct justice cannot be found, it is not impossible that the Occupy Wall Street movement might be the final straw under which America collapses,” said a commentary in the Global Times. “This movement has uncovered a scar on American society, an iceberg of accumulated social conflicts has risen to the surface,” said the commentary in the tabloid, which is owned by the Communist Party mouthpiece, the People’s Daily.
According to Bloomberg News, “protests also are planned for financial districts in Madrid, Milan, London and Paris, according to a bulletin from the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center,” the authenticity of which has been confirmed. “The Occupy Wall Street movement is coming to Canada, with major cities like Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal participating in the solidary marches.” Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/312771#ixzz1ajJeWAVx PLEASE TAKE ACTION: 1) Call 311 and tell Bloomberg to support our right to assemble and to not interfere with #OWS. If you are calling from outside NY use this number 212-NEW-YORK. 2) Come to #OWS on FRIDAY AT 6AM to defend the occupation from eviction.
Public Advocate Bill De Blasio visited Zuccotti Park this afternoon in solidarity with the protesters, and issued this statement: “This has been a peaceful and meaningful movement and the City needs to respond to it with dialogue. We have an obligation to protect New Yorkers’ ability to freely exercise their First Amendment rights. “For weeks now, the police and residents have shown consideration to the protesters, and that respect has been reciprocated. I am deeply concerned that the City has upended this balance by trying to unilaterally remove protesters and their effects from Zuccotti Park. The City and Brookfield Management must engage this movement to find a suitable compromise.”
Meanwhile, organizations are requesting supporters to contact the Mayor and the owners of the protest park: • New York mayor Michael Bloomberg: +1-212-772-1081 ext. 12006 • Brookfield CEO Richard Clark: +1-212-417-7063 • Brookfield US headquarters: +1-212-417-7000 • Brookfield Canada headquarters: +1-416-369-2300 • Brookfield Australia headquarters: +61-2-9322-2000