The city has stripped Occupy Wall Street protesters of their power.
Dozens of firefighters and police officers entered Zuccotti Park Friday morning to confiscate generators and gas canisters.
Fire trucks and police vans pulled up on the corner of Broadway and Liberty St. at about 8.30 a.m. and asked the Occupy Wall Street protesters to bring the items to them, saying they were a health and fire hazard.
“They made an announcement on a bullhorn saying: ‘We are here to take the generators, could you please bring them up to us on the corner of Broadway and Liberty Street’,” said James Bennett, a member of the information working group.
When no one from Occupy Wall Street surrendered the generators, more than 20 uniformed FDNY and NYPD officials entered the park to seize them, witnesses said.
A few days ago they told them they could have Port-o-Johnnies, now they’re taking away the generators? I’m beginning to think Mayor Bloominidiot is trying to help OWS get the publicity they crave.
Unless city officials around the nation are willing to stand firm when enforcing the law they should simply do nothing. Drawing lines in the sand and then caving in is poor strategy. On the other hand trying to enforce the law increases the chances that more martyrs will be created when protesters clash with police.
The police should back off and refuse to give OWS the violent confrontations they are seeking.
Then things will really get ugly, but no one will be blaming the police.