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Occupy Wall Street update: Eviction averted, march to Wall Street, handful arrested

A good place to stay in tune with the action is through Twitter. Some of the tags are #ows or #OccupyWallStreet. Also, there is a NYC Live Stream at
www.livestream.com/occupywallstnyc Even if the streaming video is down, there are often people in the chat room who know what is going on.

An Occupy image from NYC

(excerpt from) OccupWallSt.org website:
#OWS VICTORY: The people have prevailed, gear up for global day of action
Posted Oct. 14, 2011, 8:51 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

People power triumphs over Wall Street’s bid to end the protests Mayor Bloomberg and Brookfield Inc. back down on eviction world prepares for day of action Saturday October 15 in 950+ cities in 82 countries. We Are Winning!

NEW YORK, NY – Over 3,000 people gathered at Liberty Plaza in the pre-dawn hours this morning to defend the peaceful Occupation near Wall Street. The crowd cheered at the news that multinational real estate firm Brookfield Properties will postpone its so-called “cleanup” of the park and that Mayor Bloomberg has told the NYPD to stand down on orders to remove protesters. On the eve of the October 15 global day of action against Wall Street greed, this development has emboldened the movement and sent a clear message that the power of the people has prevailed against Wall Street.

“We are winning and Wall Street is afraid,” said Kira Moyer-Sims, a protester from Portland, Oregon. “This movement is gaining momentum and is too big to fail.”…

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Note: After the announcement, folks were excited, and went to march on or near the actual Wall Street. It appears that between 2 and 8 people were arrested by police related to that march.

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FAQ and Summary Points

Q: What happened at Zucotti Park this morning?
A: The plan for a forced cleanup was averted. The demonstrators were allowed to remain in the park. The demonstrators (and their supporters) won.

Q: What happened at Liberty Square this morning?
A: The plan for a forced cleanup was averted. The demonstrators were allowed to remain in the park. The demonstrators (and their supporters) won.

Q: Did Occupy Wall Street get evicted from Liberty Square this morning?
A: The plan for a forced cleanup was averted. The demonstrators were allowed to remain in the park. The demonstrators (and their supporters) won.

Q: Did protesters clash with police?
A: There was not a clash between police and protesters at Liberty Square, because, due to political pressure and negotiations, the police and Brookfield Properties backed down on their demand for a forced clean up. Though, after the announcement that cleanup was postponed, some demonstrators marched towards Wall Street. Media reports say between 2 and 8 people were arrested in that scuffle with police.

Q: Were there any arrests?
A: No protesters were arrested at Liberty Square itself. But, there was a march afterwards towards Wall Street, and 2 to 8 people were arrested during that march.

Q: What is the next, big thing for Occupy Wall Street?
A: There is a march for tomorrow, October 15, 2011. It is in solidarity with a worldwide march, sometimes referred to as 15O. (ie: 15 October)

Q: Why is the place Occupy Wall Street is staying sometimes called “Liberty Square” and sometimes called “Zucotti Park”, and how do I look it up on maps, GPS, etc?
A: The place where the protesters are encamped was “Liberty Plaza” until a few years ago. Then, NYC made a public/private partnership with the Brookfield Office Properties company. At that time, the park we renamed after someone from Brookfield properties, hence “Zucotti Park”. The protesters, in trying to take back the park, and the name, for the people, have renamed it “Liberty Square”. Some taxi drivers may still know it as Liberty Plaza. You can ask for directions by saying that you want to go to Liberty and Broadway in the Financial District.

Q: Did Liberty Square Park truly need a cleanup?
A: No! It was perfectly fine. The need for a clean up was used by Mayor Bloomberg previously as an excuse to shut down a demonstration. And, recently, some of the international occupations have faced the dilemma of politicians saying they need a cleanup, as a cover up to shut something down. It almost worked this time. Many people in the public thought that the park was kept messy. But, I went there, and it was near and organized. My video, with proof of cleanliness, is at Youtube: here.

Q: Was Liberty Square truly dirty?
A: No! It was perfectly fine. The need for a clean up was used by Mayor Bloomberg previously as an excuse to shut down a demonstration. And, recently, some of the international occupations have faced the dilemma of politicians saying they need a cleanup, as a cover up to shut something down. It almost worked this time. Many people in the public thought that the park was kept messy. But, I went there, and it was near and organized. My video, with proof of cleanliness, is at Youtube: here.

Also…the 1% tend to perceive the 99% as dirty or smelly. It has been the same with peasant populations for thousands of years. There were actually statements made that the park is not meant to be crowded, but a quiet park for calm enjoyment or something. Well, guess what? The calm and quiet 1% have to share the park with the noisy 99%.

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