Zuccotti Park Cleanup Scrapped as Owners Seek Agreement with Protesters
By Marina Lopes, Julie Shapiro, Jill Colvin and Adam Nichols
ZUCCOTTI PARK — Plans to clear Zuccotti Park for a cleanup were scrapped at the last minute Friday as the protest's numbers swelled by hundreds.
"Late last night, we received notice from the owners of Zuccotti Park — Brookfield Properties — that they are postponing their scheduled cleaning of the park and, for the time being, withdrawing their request from earlier in the week for police assistance," said Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway in a statement released just after 6 a.m. Friday, less than an hour before cleaners were expected to move in.
"... Brookfield believes they can work out an arrangement with the protesters that will ensure the park remains clean, safe, available for public use and that the situation is respectful of residents and businesses downtown."
The news was announced by the protest's general assembly just after 6 a.m. "We have breaking news," a speaker said, interrupting a debate that had been going on about what to do if protesters were arrested.
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