Neighbors to Occupy: Lay Off the Drum Circles

Meanwhile, man arrested in death threats dustup
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2011 2:34 PM CDT
Occupy Wall Street protesters play drums and other percussion instruments at Zuccotti Park in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – The Occupy Wall Street protesters earned a stamp of approval of sorts from the Financial District’s community board—on the condition they rein in their drumming and peeing. Lower Manhattan Community Board 1 passed a non-binding resolution recognizing the protesters’ right to occupy Zuccotti Park by a wide margin last night, the Wall Street Journal reports, but it requested that protesters limit their drumming to two hours a day, and arrange better access to bathrooms.

Protesters say the best they’ll do is limit themselves to between noon and 2pm and 4 and 6pm. “If you keep telling me two hours, I’ll keep doing four,” one drummer at the meeting told the Village Voice. The committee also asked the protesters to “address economic impacts” with local businesses, and limit violence and drug use. In other Occupy news:

  • Police arrested a man yesterday for allegedly threatening to kill a female protester who was says she was assaulted by a cocaine dealer on Saturday, the New York Times reports.
  • The farmers' market that typically operates out of the park this week announced that it would have to move, according to DNAinfo.
  • The NYPD is claiming that gun crime shot up in the early weeks of October because officers were too busy policing protests, according to the New York Post.

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