"The [protesters] have not demonstrated that they have a First Amendment right to remain in Zuccotti Park, along with their tents, structures, generators and other installations to the exclusion of the owner's reasonable rights and duties to maintain Zuccotti Park, or to the rights to public access of others who might wish to use the space safely," Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Michael Stallman wrote in a four-page decision.Reactions on the left have been mixed. Quite a few have taken the position that this was a victory for the Obamavillers:
So OWS was either going to end with the cops clearing the park, or else it was going to end with the protestors losing interest. It would be totally human and understandable for the protestors to end up fading away as the weather gets colder, but that would be demoralizing to everyone who’s come to look at the various Occupations as a key signal of popular discontent with rampant inequality. Instead, by ordering the protestors to be removed the Bloomberg administration has ensured continued relevance for the issue.While others were outraged:
The behavior of the NYPD and the mayor’s office, in ordering this brazen action while blocking the press and the public from reporting on the eviction, is a disgraceful display of unnecessary force on a protest that for the most part has behaved lawfully and respectfully throughout its two-month existence.Respectfully? That's a laugh. Lots of discussion about the possibility that cities coordinated their actions so as to spread the negative reactions. Also some speculation that the raids were done while Obama was out of the country on a Far East trip; remember that Vichy Mayor Quan managed to be away when the initial raid on Obamaville Oakland took place. Coming soon: Occupy Dallas in the crosshairs.