Bloomberg, Cops Underscore Occupiers' Point

OWS about occupying the national agenda, not city parks

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 20, 2011 10:18 AM CST

(Newser) – With harsh police crackdowns against Occupy Wall Street protesters around the country, it's enough to make you wonder if Michael Bloomberg and the nation's police chiefs are actually on the side of the protesters, writes Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times. Of course they're not really, he writes, but Bloomberg has freed protesters from the confines of Zuccotti Park—where they were annoying locals, losing supporters, and facing a nasty winter—and given them yet another symbol of elite bullying.

"Occupy Wall Street isn’t about real estate, and its signal achievement was not assembling shivering sleepers in a park," writes Kristof. "The movement has planted economic inequality on the nation’s consciousness, and it will be difficult for any mayor or police force to dislodge it." Searches for "income inequality" have quintupled on one news database since the OWS protests started, and now the stunning statistic that the wealthiest 1% of Americans have a greater worth than the bottom 90% is now etched in our national psyche, as is the US' declining class mobility. The importance is not occupying parks with tents, concludes Kristof, but rather this: "Occupy the agenda."

Los Angeles police officers struggle to arrest an unidentified police provocateur in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011.
Los Angeles police officers struggle to arrest an unidentified police provocateur in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Police officers tell Occupy Wall Street demonstrator C.J. Phillips, center,  he must leave Zuccotti Park with his shopping cart, Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, in New York.
Police officers tell Occupy Wall Street demonstrator C.J. Phillips, center, he must leave Zuccotti Park with his shopping cart, Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, in New York.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
An Occupy Wall Street protestor is grabbed by police as he tries to escape a scuffle in Zuccotti Park, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, in New York. Two days after the encampment that sparked the global Occupy movement was cleared by authorities, demonstrators marched through the financial district and promised mass...
An Occupy Wall Street protestor is grabbed by police as he tries to escape a scuffle in Zuccotti Park, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, in New York. Two days after the encampment that sparked the global Occupy...   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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