An order against Occupy Wall Street has been signed by the superintendent of the National Park Service in Washington, DC. The order is likely to result in the removal of protesters, who have been demonstrating on the Federal Hall steps on Wall Street. The protesters moved there after the NYPD cracked down their “sleepful protest” on the sidewalks, which was legal but deemed an unlawful assembly by police.
There are now twenty-five protesters on the steps. Only twenty-five. There is no more because the Park Service is enforcing a limit. They are also trying to get Occupy Wall Street to get a permit for the steps, apparently. But the protesters believe they should not have to get a permit to engage in speech or assembly and they also don’t want to get one because it means one single person would be held liable for whatever happens during the protest. They don’t want to put any one protester in that position.
With the National Park Service moving against Occupy protesters, it now appears one can officially say the Obama Administration is complicit in allowing the crackdown on Occupy Wall Street by NYPD. After all, the protesters ended up here because it was one place they could take sanctuary from Bloomberg’s Army. But, now that doesn’t appear to be the case.
Above is a livestream from Occupied Air. The New York Times and Associated Press along with other press are apparently present. This is building up to a situation where many arrests are likely to happen this evening.
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