Zuccotti Park owners ‘threatened’ by pols over planned cleanup
posted at 2:45 pm on October 14, 2011 by Howard Portnoy
It appears the decision to bag this morning’s cleanup of Zuccotti Park wasn’t merely largesse on the part of the Brookfield Office Properties, which owns the park.
The Associated Press quotes New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as having said during his weekly radio show:
My understanding is that Brookfield got lots of calls from many elected officials threatening them and saying … ‘We’re going to make your life more difficult.’
My copy of Rules for Radicals is on loan, so I’m afraid I can’t quote you the specific chapter where Saul Alinksy advocates using your friends in high places to effect the illusion of populist will.
Putting aside entirely the strong arm tactics on behalf of a supposedly “grass roots” initiative, doesn’t allying with the political power base run counter to everything the Wall Street Occupiers claim to stand for?
The Blaze asks the question this way:
If the Occupiers [sic] friends can control a massive multinational corporation (Brookfield), a powerful billionaire mayor, and defy the largest, most well-organized police department in the country, what will they consider outside their reach?
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