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Elected Officials Back ‘Occupy’ Protests Despite Violence, Lawlessness
Posted By Lachlan Markay On October 14, 2011 @ 4:31 pm In Featured,Rule of Law,Scribe | 14 Comments
The ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” protests have been characterized by shows of violence, lawlessness, and occasional anti-Semitism. But elected officials are reportedly backing the movement behind the scenes, most recently pressuring the owners of the New York City park that is the epicenter of the protests to postpone a much-needed cleaning effort, according to city officials and the property’s owners.
Brookfield Properties, which owns Zucotti Park, where protestors have camped out for nearly a month, had expressed concern to the city regarding the state of the park. “After weeks of occupation,” the company said in a letter  to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, “conditions in the park have deteriorated to unsanitary and unsafe levels.”
Protestors fumed at the planned attempt to vacate the park for cleaning, and vowed to resist police efforts  to clear the area of demonstrators. The cleaning effort was postponed Friday at the behest of local elected officials, reports indicate.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on his weekly radio address that Brookfield “got lots of calls from many elected officials threatening them and saying, ‘If you don’t stop this [the planned cleanup], we’ll make your life more difficult’,” Politico reported  on Friday. Bloomberg said he did not know which officials had threatened the company.
A statement from Brookfield said that “local political leaders” had “request[ed]” that the cleaning effort be postponed. The statement did not say who, specifically, had made those requests, and Melissa Coley, the company’s spokeswoman, declined to elaborate.
The postponement, however, did not stop inflamed protestors from clashing with police on Friday morning, as they marched through downtown Manhattan. Fourteen protesters were arrested during violent encounters with the police, the NYPD said .
The incident was not the first time the “Occupy” protests – which have sprouted up in various cities across the country – have flouted the law and occasionally turned ugly.
While organizers have been quick to condemn violence, there has been at least one instance of a protestor overtly calling for violence. Video of the protest in Los Angeles shows the speaker calling for violent revolution:
Yet despite this litany of unseemly acts – merely a month after the movement was formed, no less – elected officials in New York are still apparently backing the protesters.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://blog.heritage.org/wp-content/uploads/occupy-police.jpg
 letter: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/99069159/Brookfields-Letter-to-NYPD-asking-to-clear-Zuccotti-Park-of-Occupy-Wall-Street-protesters
 vowed to resist police efforts: http://blog.heritage.orgoccupywallst.org/article/emergency-call-action-prevent-forcible-closure-occ/
 Politico reported: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/65950.html
 the NYPD said: http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/14/us/occupy-wall-street/
 harassed and spit upon: http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/news/local/occupy-boston-protesters-spit-on-coast-guard-member-20111013
 more than 700 were arrested: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/oct/2/700-arrested-after-protest-nys-brooklyn-bridge/?page=all
 including six: http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/occupy-wall-street-demonstration-at-hart-building-ends-in-arrests-20111011
 seven more: http://www.rollcall.com/news/Occupy-DC-Protesters-Cause-Disturbance-Arrests-in-Rayburn-209455-1.html?pos=hln
 Police arrested 141 protestors: http://www.boston.com/Boston/metrodesk/2011/10/boston-mayor-says-sympathizes-with-protesters-but-they-can-tie-the-city/GFmOU1qwApiGhBNsNSzMIL/index.html
 11 protestors were arrested: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/12/us-wallstreet-protests-sanfrancisco-idUSTRE79B7HN20111012
 numerous instances: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3Y9CARUwio
 highly inflammatory: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q55OAozWeNo
 offensive statements: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLSvK2eIoBs
 laced with anti-Semitism: http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/10/13/more-anti-semitism-at-occupy-los-angeles/
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