Published Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 6:36 PM
It looks for now that “let’s-play-revolutionary-poseur!” festivities have ended for a while for Occuparasites who have been trashing public property (aka Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan) for the last approximately two months.
As the New York Daily News reports:
Sixteen hours after baton-wielding cops cleared Occupy Wall Street protesters and their tents from Zuccotti Park early Tuesday, the demonstrators were allowed back in – but without any of their camping gear.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman said the city can enforce “reasonable” rules to maintain safety and hygiene at the encampment that has become the epicenter of a nationwide movement.
The protesters have a right to free speech but they “have not demonstrated that they have a First Amendment right to remain in Zuccotti Park, along with their tents, structures, generators and other installations,” he wrote.
Judge Stallman’s decision effectively overrules an early-morning attempt by leftist, formerly-worked-at-the-ACLU Justice Lucy Billings to block cops from keeping protesters and tents out of Zuccotti Park.
As for the chronology of today’s events, according to Reid Pillifant at capitalnewyork.com:
Early this morning, attorneys affiliated with Occupy Wall Street had received a temporary restraining order this morning from Justice Lucy Billings, which appeared to allow them to return to the park. Dozens surrounded the site bearing copies of the order, but the city declined to grant them access until a court could rule on the order.
The hearing was subsequently assigned to Justice Matthew Stallman, who heard oral arguments early this afternoon. Attorneys for the protesters claimed that the park was legally open to the public at all times, and that prohibitions on a more permanent occupation could not be imposed retroactively.
Stallman, wading into the public-private morass that has made it difficult to assess the protesters’ First Amendment claims, conceded that the owners of the park, Brookfield Properties, had not previously posted rules barring overnight camping, but ruled that they maintain the right to impose those restrictions now.
As mentioned here previously, with little to do at the present moment to satisfy their revolution poseurdom perhaps the Occuparasites – lack of acting, singing, dancing talent be darned! – can re-enact numbers from the second act of Les Misérables? (New York Jewish Culture Examiner is open to reader suggestions…)