Judge Rules Against OWS

AP
AP

Upholds city’s decision to evict protesters from Zuccotti Park.

Bloomberg says ruling “vindicates” city’s position: “First Amendment rights do not include the right to endanger the public or infringe on the rights of others by taking over a public space with tents and tarps.”

EARLIER: NYPD clears Zuccotti early Tuesday as police in riot gear arrest at least 200 resisters. Sanitation workers/police/flood lights replace occupiers.

Read Bloomberg’s most recent statement below.

STATEMENT OF MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON RE-OPENING OF ZUCCOTTI PARK

“This morning we planned to re-open Zuccotti Park to the public, including any protestors, at approximately 8:00 AM when the cleaning was completed. The opening of the park was delayed due to legal action taken against the City, but Zuccotti Park is now open to the public. The court’s ruling vindicates our position that First Amendment rights do not include the right to endanger the public or infringe on the rights of others by taking over a public space with tents and tarps. The City has the ultimate responsibility to protect public health and safety and we will continue to ensure that everyone can express themselves in New York City. Zuccotti Park will remain open to all who want to enjoy it, as long as they abide by the park’s rules.”

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