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UPDATE: Occupy Brooklyn Activists are not Defeated by Zuccotti Eviction

The Occupy Brooklyn movement will not skip a beat after the NYPD evicted the occupiers on Wall Street in Manhattan.

UPDATE, November 15, 6:43 p.m.: Prostesters were allowed back in Zuccotti park after dusk. The judge who heard the case, Justice Michael Stallman, ruled that activists were allowed back in the park, but they are not allowed to bring tents, tarps or sleeping bags and are not allowed to sleep there. 

 

The Occupy Brooklyn movement is in full force even though the NYPD forced Occupy Wall Street protestors to vacate Zuccotti Park with all of their belongings on Tuesday morning.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg claimed the occupiers, who have been camping out in the park for two months, which is owned by Brookfield Properties, made the privately-owned public space “intolerable” in terms of health and safety conditions.

But the eviction will not slow down the movement across the East River.

“Throughout the Occupation, the movement has grown stronger each and every time the police overreach and criminalize the 99 percent. That will be the case today, as well,” said Michael O’Neil who is a member of the Green Party and  at the Atlantic Yards site. "This is just getting started."

The NYPD came to the Zuccotti Park encampment at 1 a.m. Tuesday and forced the protesters to remove their tents, sleeping bags and supplies. They were told they could come back to protest without their makeshift domiciles, once Brookfield Properties and the Department of Sanitation had cleaned the grounds.

“Unfortunately, the park was becoming a place where people came not to protest, but rather to break laws, and in some cases, to harm others,” Mayor Bloomberg said Tuesday, defending his decision to clear out the park. “There have been reports of businesses being threatened and complaints about noise and unsanitary conditions that have seriously impacted the quality of life for residents and businesses in this now-thriving neighborhood.”

According to The New York Times, Bloomberg said the city had planned to reopen the park after it was cleaned on Tuesday morning. However, after police let about 50 protesters back in they closed it again after receiving a temporary restraining order filed by lawyers for the Occupy Wall Street protesters. It will not be open again until after the hearing.

Daniel Goldstein, the founder of the anti-Atlantic Yards group Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, said with his experience of being evicted from his home in the Atlantic Yards footprint, which had the “robust support of Mayor Bloomberg” that he found the Zuccotti Park eviction “highly ironic and extremely hypocritical.”

Goldstein said that the Mayor “had no qualms about taking my private property and that of hundreds of others to build his crony Bruce Ratner's billion dollar arena.”

“Mr. Bloomberg has no sincere regard for public property or private property,” Goldstein continued. “And it seems to me that now in NYC you are not safe to occupy your own home, a private park, a public/private park...so where is there to go?”

Close to 200 protesters were arrested at Zuccotti Park on Tuesday.

Although there is no march set, Occupy Brooklyn members said there will be one soon.

“This will not slow down Brooklyn at all,” Lucy Koteen, who is part of the Occupy Brooklyn movement. “Two months is a beginning not an end point. I believe Bloomberg just put a match to a stick of dynamite.”

Goldstein has a place in mind for activists to occupy:

“Personally, I would like to see a ‘public/private’ space such as Metrotech occupied in Brooklyn.”

Anthony November 16, 2011 at 10:57 PM
I don't disagree with why these people are protesting. Reform is something Wall St. needs, no doubt about it. My only question is why these people waited so long to protest on Wall St.? The outcry should have started in 2008 when the economy hit rock bottom. Also, these protest in NYC, Oakland, Europe and every where else is not going to lead to reform and change and regulation on Wall St. It's sad that the majority of our financial well being as a country is in the hands of a few giant corporations. That needs to change and these protests will not lead to that kind of change. It starts with our elected officials. Whatever.
Parksloper November 17, 2011 at 01:49 AM
Um, you either have to own or rent to be evicted, neither of which applies to these people. You have every right to protest but not to LIVE in a park.
Danielle November 17, 2011 at 06:23 AM
Parksloper, that only became law as of yesterday when Judge Stillman decided that tents were not allowed (around 5pm).
Danielle November 17, 2011 at 06:27 AM
Anthony, Anthony, Anthony. You're objecting to the fact that OWS should have started to protest sooner?? THAT'S your objection? They're protesting NOW. If you think they have a valid platform/ideas, you may (or may not) want to support them. But it's unfortunate that your objections seems to be centered around the fact that their protest came too late (for you).
Anthony November 17, 2011 at 01:10 PM
Where was the outcry and protest when 35,000 people lost their job in November 2008. I was working in Manhattan in a tall office building and it was a sight to see. At a single time, we saw hundreds, maybe thousands, leave their office building with a box of their belongings. Some of those were mothers, fathers who had families that depended on them. Now, if you read my post, you see that I'm all for the protest as long as they don't break any laws. I'm only asking why are they protesting now when the real atrocity took place three years ago when out financial system crumbled. And what's wrong with objecting to them not starting sooner? It's not like I;m telling these people to get out of the city and go get a job. I'm supporting them. That might be a little shocking since many of you people on here paint me as a salty old timer who doesn't take to the changing times in NYC & Brooklyn. Well guess what? I'm supporting these people.

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