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Protesters Plan to Resist Bloomberg’s Attempt to Clean Park

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Protesters at Occupy Wall Street’s camp in Zuccotti Park plan to resist Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s order to clear out of portions of the park Friday so that the city can clean it.

The plan — dubbed “Operation #wallstcleanup” — involves the protesters cleaning up the area themselves, while refusing to let police enter the park.

From a Facebook page about the #wallstcleanup:

On Wednesday/Thursday, all campers/supporters should reach out to friends/family/anyone to donate or purchase brooms, mops, squeegees, dust pans, garbage bags, power washers, and any other cleaning supplies to be collected at sanitation. The sanitation committee should move full-speed ahead on purchase of bins allocated by consensus at GA.

After General Assembly on Thursday, we'll have a full-camp cleanup session. Sanitation can coordinate, and anyone who is available will help with the massive community effort!

Then, Friday morning, we'll awake and position ourselves with our brooms and mops in a human chain around the park, linked at the arms. If NYPD attempts to enter, we'll peacefully/non-violently stand our ground and those who are willing will get arrested.

Afterwards, at 9am, we'll march with brooms and mops to Wall Street to do a massive #wallstcleanup march, where the real mess is!

At pixel time, 67 people have said they are attending the event on Facebook.

Mayor Bloomberg visited the park last night, and he announced plans to have the park cleaned tomorrow. The city has said that the cleaning will be done in stages, avoiding the need to force protesters out of the park altogether. The protesters will be able to return to the areas that have been cleaned, officials have said.

There’s a lot of suspicion about the plan to clean the park among the protesters. Many believe that authorities will attempt to oust them altogether, or refuse to re-open portions of the park to them. Others view it as a way to harass or provoke the protesters.

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