Brookfield confirms: No more sleeping bags or 'lying down on the ground' in Zuccotti Park
A new notice from the company that owns Zuccotti Park said the area will be cleaned in three stages "while remaining portions of the Park can continue to be used." But once cleaning is done, the area will be re-opened for "lawful use consistent with our regulations."
A spokeswoman for the company, Brookfield Office Properties, confirmed they wrote and distributed the notice. (The Associated Press first reported on the notice earlier today, but did not have confirmation directly from the company that the rules had come from them.)
Copies of the notice were handed out to people at the park and one was passed along to me by an interested reader.
Those regulations prohibit, among other things, "lying down on the ground" and "the placement of tarps or sleeping bags" on the property. Which, obviously, would mean an end to the sustained occupation by demonstrators of Zuccotti Park, which began on September 17.
The notice says cleaning will start at 7 a.m. and each of the three sections of the park will take about 4 hours to clean.
Once cleaning is done, the park "will be re-opened to the public for lawful use consistent with our regulations."
Michael Kink, executive director of Strong Economy for All, a labor-backed group working with Occupy Wall Street protesters, said the new rules pose "a serious threat to the existence of Occupy Wall Street."
Kink said Brookfield's claims of needing to clean the park is simply cover for evicting the protesters.
The notice describes a "severe change in the rules of the game and that's not the same as cleaning up the park," said Kink.
Kink said he's urged supporters to call 311 in order to voice their support of the protesters.