I find this to be of great concern: “The cleaning will be done in stages and the protesters will be able to return to the areas that have been cleaned, provided they abide by the rules that Brookfield has established for the park.”
It was precisely this process that ended the M-15 encampments
in Spain this past Spring. What does "the rules that Brookfield has established for the park" mean?
Need to have strategy conversation about this, prepare media response (or choose not to), determine game plan for this as a possible scenario, most likely in the wee hours of the night.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
STATEMENT OF DEPUTY MAYOR FOR OPERATIONS CAS HOLLOWAY
“Earlier this evening, Mayor Bloomberg went to Zuccotti Park to talk
with the protesters himself and inform them that on Friday morning
Brookfield Properties will clean the park.
“Brookfield Properties owns Zuccotti Park, and built it as an amenity
for the general public. As the protest has continued, Brookfield has
expressed concern about its inability to clean the park and maintain
it in a condition fit for public use. Brookfield conveyed these
concerns in a letter they sent to the City.
“The Mayor is a strong believer in the First Amendment and believes
that the protesters have a right to continue to protest. At the same
time, the last three weeks have created unsanitary conditions and
considerable wear and tear on the park. This situation is not in the
best interests of the protesters, residents or the City.
“The cleaning will be done in stages and the protesters will be able
to return to the areas that have been cleaned, provided they abide by
the rules that Brookfield has established for the park.”
Not An Alternative