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Rules posted on a barricade outside a nearly empty Zuccotti Park November 16, 2011 are viewed as some Occupy Wall Street protesters return to the park in New York after being evicted early November 15.
Then time has come. With Occupy protestors permanently on their front lawns, city goverments are getting testy.
The New York Supreme Court has upheld New York’s ban on protesters in tents and sleeping bags. The San Francisco police conducted a surprise raid on their city’s Occupy encampment this morning at 1:30 am, and Portland mayor Sam Adams gave Occupy Portland the boot at the end of last week. On Monday, Adbusters, the group responsible for instigating the Wall Street occupation, posted “Tactical Briefing #18” to their blog, asking their followers “what should we do to keep the magic alive?” Surprisingly, one of their suggestions was to “clean up” and “scale back.”
What’s next for the Occupy protesters? Will they dig in, or peacefully vacate? Is it unrealistic to expect civil unrest to be neat and tidy, and what do we do when it’s not?
Joan Donovan, activist with Occupy LA
Han Shan, member, Occupy Wall Street
Heather D. Gautney, assistant professor of sociology at Fordham University