« Occupy Wall Street » : affrontements à New-York – 14 octobre 2011

 

Clashes follow OWS victory at Zuccotti Park

rt.com

14 October, 2011,

New York: Members of Occupy Wall Street clean Zuccotti Park near Wall Street in New York. (AFP Photo/Emmanuel Dunand)

At least 14 people have been arrested in Lower Manhattan after police clashed with protesters as hundreds marched towards Wall Street. The incident came after demonstrators had cheered a decision allowing them to stay in Zuccotti Park.

Earlier, New York’s authorities announced that a clean-up of Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, where Occupy Wall Street protesters have been camping for about a month, had been postponed.

Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway said the owners of the Zuccotti park had informed him on Thursday night that they had put off the clean-up which had been scheduled for 7 am EDT on Friday, AP news agency reports.

“Late last night, we received notice from the owners of Zuccotti Park, Brookfield Office Properties, that they are postponing their scheduled cleaning of the park, and for the time being withdrawing their request from earlier in the week for police assistance during their cleaning operation,” the deputy mayor’s statement said.

Mayor Cas Holloway added that Brookfield hope they can reach some agreement with protesters to ensure that the park remained clean, safe and available for public use. The official promised to further monitor the situation.

According to Brookfield, conditions in the park were “unsanitary” as there was a shortage of rubbish bins and no toilets. According to the park owner, neighbors were complaining of offensive odors from the protesters, as well as harassment and drug abuse.

However, OWS organizers warned their supporters on Facebook that that the city’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg had used the ‘cleaning-up’ tactic to disband protests before. They also said that a similar ploy was used to dissolve protests in Europe.

At about 6 am some thousand protesters gathered at the park. Many stayed up all night cleaning the area themselves. Read more…

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~ par Alain Bertho sur 14 octobre 2011.

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