Yesterday afternoon, after previously stating that the Wall Street protestors staying Zuccotti Park could remain there as long as they pleased, Mayor Bloomberg announced that the occupiers would 1) have to temporarily relocate while the area is cleaned and 2) leave their tents, tarps, and other accoutrement home when they come back. Some have told the cleaning crew they can go fuck themselves and that they’re not going anywhere, ever, while others are taking a page from the parent/child-threat-of-punishment-spurs-kids-to-furious-cleaing-of-room-and-promise-to-be-good book.
…the wider consensus seemed to be that if the protesters cleaned up their own sleeping bags and tarps and pieces of cardboard and made the park better than new, the city and the park’s owners, Brookfield Properties, might relent and let them stay. “Pick up a broom, pick up the trash, encourage people to wake at a decent hour,” one woman called to the crowd. “Show Mayor Bloomberg that he is dead wrong.”
In the event Bloomberg and Brookfield do not deem OWS’s in-house cleaning job up to their standards, the group has announced, “If NYPD attempts to enter, we’ll peacefully/non-violently stand our ground and those who are willing will get arrested.