‘Eviction Notice’ Given to Occupy Wall St Protesters

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York Police Department (NYPD) today notified Occupy Wall Street about plans to “clean the park” – the site of the protests – from tomorrow morning (October 14) at 7am.

“Cleaning” has previously been used as a pretext to evict occupiers from sites such as ‘Bloomsburgville’ (a few months ago) and Austin, Texas, amongst others.

Bloomberg has said that occupiers can return to the park following the cleaning, but with a noteable caveat: Occupiers must follow the “rules.”

NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has said that they will move in to clear protestors and that they will not be allowed to take sleeping bags, tarps, personal items or gear back into the park.

Occupy Wall Street protestors today responded by cleaning the entire park themselves under the guidance of the camp’s own existing Sanitation Working Group, who has been responsible for cleaning since the camp’s inception.

Professional cleaners have also been brought in by protestors to assist in the operation. In addition, protestors have upgraded garden beds.

Protestors have vowed to not stop their cleaning at the borders of the park but to completely ‘clean up’ the rest of the financial district, including Wall Street.

The website occupywallst.org states: “If Bloomberg truly cares about sanitation here he should support the installation of portopans and dumpsters.”

A call has been made for as many people as possible to be present by 6am tomorrow morning (October 14) to protect the camp. A request has been made for people to stay overnight to ensure they will be able to be present in the morning. Protestors should prepare themselves for little sleep and possible arrest.

In addition, occupywallst.org states: “We won’t allow Bloomberg and the NYPD to foreclose our occupation. This is an occupation, not a permitted picnic.”

Joesph Beuys' 1972 art installation 'Sweeping Up.'

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