15 Nov '11, 8pm

Bloomberg's Eviction of Occupy Wall Street is an Assault on the Power of Public Spaces

Bloomberg's Eviction of Occupy Wall Street is an Assault on the Power of Public Spaces

This is not what a public park should look like. Photo: Brian Merchant/CC BY 2.0 Last night, the NYPD swept through the core of Occupy Wall Street , destroyed the encampment (and many people's belongings), and arrested some 70 protesters who refused to leave. When I showed up at a hastily-organized rally for supporters this morning in Manhattan at 9 am, protesters were bewildered and outraged. The mood seemed to be: It shouldn't have happened like this. Not in a public place. Public spaces, after all, are of the utmost importance to a well-functioning democracy . People need places where they can gather to socialize, play, and, most importantly, exercise their rights to free speech. To peacefully and safely organize demonstrations. And that's why Mayor Michael Bloomberg's actions today in New York City are so reprehensible. By forcefully banishing the Occupy Wall Street pr...

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