Colbert: Protesters attacked police batons with their ‘soft, jabable bellies’

By David Edwards
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 9:30 EDT
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Stephen Colbert on Zuccotti Park evictions
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On Tuesday’s show, Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert celebrated New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to evict protesters from Zuccotti Park.

Bloomberg admitted Tuesday morning that the decision had been his alone.

“New York City is the city where you can come and express yourself,” the mayor said. “What was happening in Zuccotti Park was not that. It was — it had developed into a situation which was prohibiting a lot of people from expressing their views.”

“Clearly, their expression was prohibiting other expression,” Colbert agreed. “After all, when a drum circle starts in Zuccotti Park, all other music in New York stops.”

“Besides, the founders never intended indefinite free speech,” the Comedy Central host continued. “They assumed after two weeks, any protest would be wiped out by smallpox.”

Colbert worried that the Occupy Wall Street protesters could have “turned violent” and attacked police billy clubs “with their soft, jabable bellies” like the protesters who were brutalized at UC Berkeley last week.

Watch this video from Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, broadcast Nov. 15, 2011.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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