Skip to comments.Angry Residents, Businesses Plan Anti-Occupy Wall Street Protest
Posted on 11/14/2011 11:59:55 AM PST by Puppage
Downtown residents and business owners angry that their neighborhood has been occupied for two months by the Wall Street demonstration are staging a protest of the protest Monday, declaring that City Hall has let it get out of control.
Angry over all-day drumming, people urinating and defecating on the streets and verbal attacks from protesters, organizers say they will rally at City Hall Monday to send officials a message.
"Laws are clearly being violated and we simply want them enforced," Lower Manhattan resident Linda Gertsman told NBC New York.
Exasperated residents and businesses said they are "pursuing all options," including lawsuits against the city, the mayor and the private company that owns Zuccotti Plaza, the encampment headquarters.
Organizers of the anti-Occupy protest posted fliers downtown that say "Mayor Bloomberg is helping them stay."
The Occupy Wall Street movement began with a few people on Sept. 17 and has grown to hundreds who have made Zuccotti Park, a small plaza along Broadway, their home.
Businesses have complained for weeks that the encampment is causing them to lose money, although a few have made money off the protests, as donors from all over the country have sent food from nearby restaurants to the movement.
Mark Epstein, owner of Milk Street Cafe on Wall Street, said his business has suffered and he has had to lay off people in recent weeks.
The protest has been, he says, "a fiasco."
Han Shan, a member of Occupy Wall Street's community relations working group, said he and others in the encampment are trying to be better downtown neighbors.
The group recently worked out daytime drumming hours with the local community board, and secured some portable toilets for protesters to use.
But, he told the New York Times, at the end of the day, its an occupation. We didnt ask permission to be there and we dont want to. Its about bigger, broader issues.
Bloomberg has gone back and forth between criticizing Occupy Wall Street and defending it, saying recently that protesters were largely law-abiding and did not bother anyone.
"If you go one block away from this park, you would never know it exists," he said last week. "It's just literally -- in any direction, one block away -- there's just nothing."
A government that wants and encourages this type of activity is no longer on our side...
Laws do not apply to liberals.
Okay Freepers, give the anti-occupiers a logo and name, and get the ball rolling, or should I say street sweeper?
Or a bleach water canon. They got some big time disinfecting to do.
How about: Producupy?
Laws are clearly being violated and we simply want them enforced.....the same goes for ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION!
Time for file for a writ of mandate ordering the City to enforce its laws.
You folks in Manhattan voted 85.1% Obama, so these are your people.
They wanted anything goes,they got anything goes.
In Albany, New York, the Mayor, the Police Chief and the County District Attorney refuse to enforce the curfew laws in the city park next to the Capital Building.
Governor Cuomo, who the OccuPoops don’t like because he will not raise income taxes on millionaires, told the OccuPoops not stay overnight in the State owned park adjoining the Capital Building. They did anyhow and over the weekend Cuomo had the State Police arrest 38 OccuPoops who tried to stay on the State owned land overnight BUT the District Attorney says he will not proscute and enforce the law.
Albany will soon be a lawless city like Detroit or Cleveland.
Hard to believe with all the tough talking New Yorkers, that they have not enough civic pride to take a little action.
They're probably very conflicted. The OWS scum are giving voice to their most cherished thoughts.
I would guess about 85.1%.