Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited the site of the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration in Lower Manhattan today and informed protesters that the private park where they are staying will be cleaned on Friday.
For more than four weeks, protesters have stayed in Zuccotti Park and denounced what they call big business’ control over lawmakers and great economic inequality in the country.
In a statement, Deputy Mayor for Operations Cas Holloway said the cleaning will be done in stages and that demonstrators can return to the cleaned areas, so long as they follow rules set by Brookfield Properties, the owner of Zuccotti Park.
“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,” Holloway said in the statement. “This situation is not in the best interests of the protesters, residents or the City.”
The mayor has previously said that the demonstration can continue, as long as protesters follow city rules.
Brookfield Properties said in a statement last week that the company was working with city officials on a way to restore the park from damage created by demonstrators.
I predict that the OWS protesters will cooperate peacefully with the city.
Right after the Cubs win the World Series.