Protesters with the Occupy Wall Street movement threatened on Thursday to block any efforts by clean-up crews to enter their camp to clear away three-weeks worth of debris, raising concern about a potential showdown between demonstrators and police.It's not their camp. It's a park where they've been granted a permit, which should now be revoked.
While New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said their protests can continue as long as laws are obeyed, the city has become concerned over the build-up of trash and general wear and tear on Zuccotti Park, headquarters for the demonstrators.How's his degree relevant to the story? Actually, how's his degree relevant to getting a job?
Bloomberg visited protesters at the park on Wednesday night and informed them it would be cleaned by work crews on Friday, a move demonstrators said was a ploy to permanently drive them from their camp about five blocks from City Hall in lower Manhattan.
"What's been said is that we can come back later, but of course we're skeptical," said Jeff Schurte, 29, who recently earned his master's degree in international development. "This could just be an excuse to get us out permanently."
Shows some stones, Bloomberg. Clear the park and send these punks packing. Your credibility, or what's left of it, is on the line. You've bent over backwards and they're spitting on you. Even one of the squatters can see what's coming.
Lauren DiGioia, 26, who has spent the past week at Zuccotti Park and is a member of Occupy Wall Street's sanitation committee, said she was concerned that violence could break out in New York if workers attempted to enter the camp.That's what they want.
"I'm worried there is going to be a riot," she said.