Late Night FDL: Pouting Baby Says “Will Bloomin’ Rich Mike Make a Stupid Move?”
Pouting Baby is talking to us again. — JW
This has been an amazing month. The Occupy Wall Street group started as just a handful of people who wanted everyone to know how the super rich mean people who run Wall Street have stolen from everybody else and made it impossible for most people to make any money. Now there are people all over the world joining in the protests, with over 1400 cities in the US having protests along with 869 cities in 71 countries. Mr. Kevin has been following the story every day here at FDL and has kept us informed as it has turned into a huge movement.
Today, we learned that Bloomin’ Rich Mike might ask the police in New York City to try to move the original Occupy Wall Street group out of the park where they have been staying. There could be trouble if that happens:
Owner Brookfield Office Properties plans to clean the park where several hundred protesters have been sleeping on Friday, a move that demonstrators believe is a ploy to remove them.
“Seems likely that this is their attempt to shut down #OWS (Occupy Wall Street) for good,” protesters said in a statement on Thursday. “We know where the real dirt is: on Wall Street … We won’t allow Bloomberg and the NYPD to foreclose our occupation. This is an occupation, not a permitted picnic.”
Since the protesters say they won’t be moved out, everyone is worried that there could be fighting. Would Bloomin’ Rich Mike be stupid enough to make the police move the protesters out? A lot of people think that instead of shutting down the protests, it would only make them a lot larger if the police move in and there are problems.
Another crazy thing about this is that the park owners are trying to say the park is dirty and needs to be cleaned. All day today the protesters have been talking on Twitter about how they are cleaning the park up themselves. Also, a nice man has offered to pay for any cleanup that is needed so that there won’t be a fight. Here’s a video from the park showing that it’s not filthy:
Of course , since he’s a billionaire, too, it wouldn’t be very surprising for Bloomin’ Rich Mike to do what he can to shut down the protest and protect his fellow Wall Street billionaires. He’d just be protecting his fellow billionaires. But is it too late for the protests to be shut down? Would it really be stupid to try to shut them down? I kind of think that lots more people will suddenly be interested and will show up in New York City and other places if Bloomin’ Rich Mike sends the police and there are problems. What do you think?