While I can’t imagine why, some New York City residents are just sick and tired of the Wall Street Occupiers — and would prefer they pack up their Zuccotti Park tent city and head on home, wherever home might be. NBC New York reports:
Downtown residents and business owners are organizing a protest of the protest after two months of Lower Manhattan being occupied by the Wall Street demonstration.
Angry over all-day drumming, people urinating and defecating on the streets and verbal attacks from protesters, organizers say they will rally at City Hall Monday to send officials a message. …
Businesses have complained for weeks that the encampment is causing them to lose money, although a few have made money off the protests, as donors from all over the country have sent food from nearby restaurants to the movement.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has defended the protesters, saying they mostly stick to the park and are primarily law-abiding. That might be — but, nationwide, that’s far from true. The original New York City occupation sparked a movement that can be truthfully characterized as violent. As of today, OWS protesters across the country have been responsible for at least 232 incidents of violence, vandalism or other outrageous behavior. Furthermore, as BigGovernment’s John Nolte points out, the protest must also bear partial responsibility for collateral damage. The Occupy movement drains law enforcement resources. Just as of mid-to-late October, shootings in NYC were way up — and no doubt the diminished police presence outside of Zuccotti Park contributed to that. The protests are a public safety issue — and Bloomberg would be justified if he took a strong position against the flagship protest that spearheaded the lawlessness nationwide.