Small business owners and local residents fed up with the Occupiers at Zuccotti Park in New York City are planning a counterprotest and news conference of their own Monday, to make clear the crowd has long overstayed its welcome and that businesses will not survive if the occupation continues.Both the mayor and the property company that owns Zuccotti Park have been pointing at each other as the cause for inaction, but the fact is both are sniveling cowards in the face of the unwashed hippie masses. Neither wants to be the bad guy, but the people who drive the economy in the area are seeing their businesses systematically destroyed by the slacker army. Something's gotta give.
Flyers are being passed around at small businesses and residential buildings around the park in downtown Manhattan promoting a Protest against the Occupy Wall St. and Mayor Bloomberg who does nothing to get them to leave.
The news conference is scheduled for Monday at 5 p.m. on the steps of City Hall.
In recent days, shopkeepers, restaurant owners and others with small businesses located near Zuccotti Park have been quietly meeting to share stories of the damage they say has been caused by Occupy Wall Street: theft of property, vandalism, threats, violence and even incidents involving the throwing of fecal matter.
The flyers were printed out by a 46-year-old unemployed teacher named Leslie who has spearheaded the counterprotest efforts. She asked her last name not be used out of concern the protesters would retaliate against her, and that her involvement in the counterprotest might negatively affect her job search.
Its time for them to go, Leslie said of the Occupiers.
Saturday, November 12, 2011