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11:50 Just now a big showdown at Zuccotti, which I followed via twitter and livestream. Police arrived seemingly intent on removing the one tent there—a medical tent. Crowd moved to prevent, and chanted “the whole world is watching.” They asked Rev. Jesse Jackson (picture by @newyorkist at left) to join them in linking arms, and he did. Police then dispersed as crowd cheered. See below for Bloomberg quote tonight on “tents.”
11:15 New piece just up at NYT: “Bloomberg Tries to Find Balance on Protests.” Hizzoner: “The Constitution doesn’t protect tents. It protects speech and assembly.” (Note: There is only one tent at Zuccotti Park, a medical tent.) He also expressed concern that those exercising a “right to be silent” might be getting drowned out amid the din of the protests. “We can’t have a place where only one point of view is allowed,” he said. Bloomberg was asked about discussing Zuccotti with his gal friend, who is on board of firm that owns it. “I can tell you that pillow talk in our house is not about Brookfield or Occupy Wall Street,” he said.
8:35 Terms of Occupation (and endearment?) from J.A. Myerson at TruthOut. “As a birthday present to the movement, I’d like to invite its adherents to acknowledge the appeal of three terms whose utterances, I have noticed, are almost always accompanied by caveats. Let us consider these terms so that we might not be afraid to use them openly, smartly and with candor.” Starting with “class warfare.”
8:30 From Occupy Fort Wayne (that’s Indiana, folks): “We are staying in Headwaters Park indefinitely! The city of Fort Wayne is with us. Peace and respect go a long way. Many thanks!”