So as you probably already know the festivities at Zuccotti Squatters’ Park were postponed. But something here ain’t right.
Supposedly the park owners (Brookfield Properties) had a change of heart and last night canceled their request for police assistance in cleaning the park.
So why did the police wait until the last minute to announce it?
Why did the police announce the clean-up so far in advance?
Why was it scheduled for 6am on a Friday?
If the police really planned on clearing the park the best time would be late in the evening with very little notice. A Sunday night would be ideal. There would be less traffic and short notice would prevent crowds from gathering. They could close the surrounding streets to prevent more protesters from entering.
And for the cynical police-haters: Doing it after dark would make it easier to get away with violence.
I don’t think they ever really intended to clear the park this morning. This was all a feint. I can think of a couple explanations for why they did it.
The forced the OWS leaders to emerge and commit themselves. Once this was announced OWS began scrambling to prepare. Lawyers were brought in and instructions given to the protesters. If you were building a case for criminal conspiracy this would give you incriminating evidence.
The police want to wear the OWS out rather than have a direct confrontation. How many times can they call out the reserves before their supporters get tired of missing work and traveling all the way to Manhattan for a false alarm.
Let’s not forget – after the boy cried wolf a few times nobody came to his rescue and the wolf ate him.
The city and the property owners don’t really need to take action, all they need to do is wait. The days are getting shorter and the nights longer. Winter is on the way.
OTOH the usual suspects are deliriously happy and think they won a big victory. But they haven’t won anything yet.