Occupy Wall Street Protesters Face Eviction From NYC Park
“After it’s cleaned, they’ll be able to come back,” Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly told reporters. “But they won’t be able to bring back the gear. The sleeping bags, that sort of thing, will not be able to be brought back into the park.”
The protesters, however, do not appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. According to the Associated Press:
The protesters' response was to plan a demonstration for an hour before they are supposed to evacuate Zuccotti Park while it is cleaned with power washers Friday morning. They believe the effort is an attempt to end the protest, which triggered a movement against unequal distribution of wealth that has spread across the globe.
Protest spokesman Patrick Bruner sent an email to supporters Thursday asking them to join the protesters at 6 a.m. Friday to "defend the occupation from eviction."
More from The New York Times: "Many protesters have called the evacuation order a pretext for shutting down the protests permanently, and some have vowed nonviolent resistance on Friday morning."
As a preemptive effort, some have already started cleaning up the park. The Occupy Wall Street protesters hope they will be allowed to stay if the park is considered clean enough.