Bloomberg: Occupy Wall Street can stay, for now

By Andrew Jones
Monday, October 10, 2011 14:36 EDT
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg may not be a fan of Occupy Wall Street, but he’s not going to force the protest to shut down any time soon.

“The bottom line is – people want to express themselves,” he said, according to The Wall Street Journal. “And as long as they obey the laws, we’ll allow them to.”

Despite Bloomberg’s seeming generosity, he doesn’t really have a say in whether the protest will continue. Zuccotti Park, the location of the protests, is privately owned by businessman John Zuccotti.

Zuccotti said that he’s fine with the protesters occupying the space, just as long as the park stays clean.

The mayor has been vocal on his displeasure with the Occupy Wall Street protests, calling them “not realistic.” He added, “The protests that are trying to destroy the jobs of working people in this city aren’t productive.”

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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