Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Early this morning, police officers "evicted" the protesters from the original "Occupy Wall Street" site at Zuccotti Park in New York City. (A good round-up of the early news reports is here).
The Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, issued a statement including his interpretation of the First Amendment issues:
No right is absolute and with every right comes responsibilities. The First Amendment gives every New Yorker the right to speak out – but it does not give anyone the right to sleep in a park or otherwise take it over to the exclusion of others – nor does it permit anyone in our society to live outside the law. There is no ambiguity in the law here – the First Amendment protects speech – it does not protect the use of tents and sleeping bags to take over a public space.
There will be a hearing in New York state court at 11.30 a.m.