After nearly sixty days, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg finally gave the NYPD authorization to clear Zuccotti Park and evict those who comprised Occupy Wall Street.
I suspect Bloomberg took his cue from cities like Oakland and Portland, Oregon which saw fit to clear their Occupy sites yesterday. I mean Bloomberg looks pretty bad if the likes of Jean Quan are more prepared to enforce law and order than he is.
As of this moment, the Occupy Boston camp at Dewey Square remains. This isn't totally surprising. The difference between Occupy Boston and some of the other Occupy movements is that Occupy Boston hasn't been quite as disruptive. While Dewey Square is situated in Boston's Financial District across the street from both the Federal Reserve and South Station, they aren't really impeding anybody from going to work nor are there nearby residents to be disturbed by their noise. You wouldn't know they were here unless you went looking for them.
Now don't get me wrong. There have been arrests for drug distribution, theft, vandalism, disorderly conduct/disturbing the peace, etc. Some of the trouble has happened outside Dewey Square. But I don't see Mayor Menino ordering the Boston PD to evict the occupiers. Not yet anyway. I have a feeling that will change when the weather gets really cold.
As for Occupy Wall Street, even though they are gone I have a strong feeling this won't be the last that we hear from them.
UPDATE: Apparently this isn't the last we'll hear from them. Brian Bolduc at NRO informs us that a judge has issued a restraining order halting any further evictions until a hearing which is scheduled to take place later this morning at 11:30 a.m. In the meantime, occupiers are being allowed back into Zuccotti Park.
UPDATE II: Late this afternoon, a judge upheld the City of New York's decision to shut down Occupy Wall Street. Zuccotti Park has been re-opened but sleeping bags and tents are not allowed. Finally, the park belongs to everybody, not just the protesters.
Well, better late than never. Allowing this to fester for nearly two months turned about to be a mistake. Of course, if Rudy Giuliani were Mayor they would not have spent one night down there.
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