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Occupy Wall Street protesters asked by NYC Mayor Bloomberg to leave for cleaning Friday

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Occupy Wall Street protesters are asked
to leave Zuccotti Park location for
cleaning, on Friday,
Zuccotti Park, the Manhattan square area occupied by protestors of “Occupy Wall Street” (OWS) the last four weeks, will be temporarily cleared for cleaning on Friday, October 14th according to The Raw Story.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited the protest site to explain the move. The request by Bloomberg’s office which marks first time demonstrators was asked to leave the location.

Brookkfield Properties, who are private owners of the public park plaza location, want to clean the location. Bloomberg’s office noted OWS protesters would be allowed back afterwards.
“Mayor Bloomberg went to Zuccotti Park to talk with the protesters himself and inform them that on Friday morning Brookfield Properties will clean the park,” a statement from deputy mayor for operations Cas Holloway stated. 
“Brookfield has expressed concern about its inability to clean the park and maintain it in a condition fit for public use,” he noted.
NYC Deputy Mayor Holloway noted that Mayor Bloomberg is a “strong believer” in the right to free speech but, conditions in the park demand that sanitary cleaning needs are met.
“The last three weeks have created unsanitary conditions and considerable wear and tear on the park,” Holloway stated. “This situation is not in the best interests of the protesters, residents or the city.”
Once the protestors are allowed to return, camping out at Zuccotti Park would done without outdoor stay materials, as new rules posted at the park location include a ban on sleeping bags and other camping paraphernalia.

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