Cleaning the Lower Manhattan park has been occupied by protesters for nearly a month was postponed Friday, shortly before he was supposed to start, avoiding a feared confrontation between police and demonstrators who had vowed to resist any effort to expel them from their camp.
But sporadic clashes between protesters and police erupted when demonstrators began to march all the same in the winding streets in Lower Manhattan, after learning that the cleaning had been canceled. Some protesters were seen being taken into custody.
Notice of reorganization of Bloomberg fired around 6:20, about 40 minutes before the employees had to be Zuccotti Park, which is a starting point for the Wall Street Take control of protesters angered by what they perceive as unjust and corrupt financial system .
"The last night we received the opinion of the owners of Zuccotti Park - Brookfield Properties - to postpone his scheduled cleaning of the park, and the time to withdraw their applications before a week to assist the police during the cleaning operation" , Deputy Mayor F. Caswell Holloway said in a statement.
"Brookfield believes that we can work in the disposition of the demonstrators, to ensure the park remains clean, safe, public use," said Holloway, "and that the situation is to respect the residents and businesses in the center."
When news that the cleanup had been canceled jumped through Zuccotti Park, applause broke out between protesters who had prepared for a possible confrontation.
"I came here looking for a fight," said Steve Sachs, Highstown, NJ "I've never been in a fight in my life. I have never been arrested. But I was willing to be arrested in this regard."
However, clashes between police and protesters erupted in several streets in the district.
At about 7:40, a man was seen handcuffed taken to Broadway. Moments later, a woman who said she was his girlfriend identified him as Michael Rivas.
Soon after, maiden street and water, police were seen taking four people into custody, placing them in a police van. One of these men have appeared a cut on his forehead and blood running down his face.
At one point it seemed that officials were trying to keep the crowd on the sidewalk, a bag of garbage was thrown into the crowd and hit the officer in plain clothes. Asks the officer and the other to wade through the crowd and arrest the man.
The crowd marched through the roads, accompanied or followed by officers on foot or by scooter.
Near the corner of Beaver Street and Broad Street, helmeted agents jumped from scooters, approached a man on the ground and handcuffed him. At the corner of Wall and William, the officers stood behind metal barricades as protesters filled the street in front of them. Some protesters carried mops and brooms have been used previously to clean Zuccotti Park.
Near the site of Broadway and Exchange officials led the scooters in a number of protesters a.
A spokesman said that police officers had taken some people in police custody Friday morning, but said he could not immediately confirm the number of people detained or describe the circumstances.
"There were people in prison," said the spokesman, who declined to describe these additional meetings.
Hundreds of people gathered in Zuccotti Park at night in anticipation of what might happen on Friday, while others continued to clean the park, complaining of Brookfield Properties had become dirty and a threat to health.
About 5 am, a collection of rags and brooms were standing in a plastic bin Liberty Street. Nearby was 27 buckets of soapy water. She shared the white rubber gloves for more than a dozen people. They walked west from the park, Trinity Place, and announced they were going to start sweeping, collecting and removing items that do not belong to anyone.
"This place is very important," said Kyle, Christopher, 27, a photographer in Buffalo, which was part of a protest after their first week.
Patrick Bruner, a spokesman for the Take Control of Wall Street, said Thursday night, protesters tried to deliver a petition of 100,000 signatures to City Hall, asking Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at Zuccotti Park, the occupation continues.
Thursday night, sent from the AFL-CIO a message to members asking them to report to Zuccotti Park early Friday morning to support the demonstrators.
At 6 pm, the public had grown to over a thousand. The police stood behind metal barricades that lined the park.
Andy Friedman, 38, of Park Slope, Brooklyn, said Friday that he had come to the park in response to the call of the Solidarity Union.
"For 30 years, banks in this country was made like bandits," said Friedman, who works for the service workers' union, the SEIU "And the rest of us go backwards. "
Wednesday, Mayor Bloomberg announced that the park would be cleaned.
In a letter to Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, CEO of Brookfield wrote Tuesday, Richard B. Clark, that the conditions in the park had reached "dangerous" levels, and he repeated his claim that the camp violated the law.
Overflowing garbage attracted rodents, wrote, gas generators caused a fire, which abounded in the bathroom smells worse and installation of complaints from disgruntled people who live and work nearby.
"Given this and the continued penetration of the demonstrators," Clark wrote, "we are again requesting assistance from the New York City Police Department to help clean the park."
The demonstrators were afraid that Mr. Bloomberg has announced that the park should be cleaned was the prelude to their final expulsion. The call quickly went on Facebook and other sites requires brooms, mops, and cleaning of the various tools and volunteers willing to donate elbow grease. After cleaning, place themselves, the protesters forming a human chain in the park to try to keep the police from entering. Supporters were asked to go to the park at 6 am Friday "to defend the occupation of eviction."
Clashes between police and protesters occurred several times since the protesters began their camp at Zuccotti Park September 17. Dozens of demonstrators were arrested during a demonstration in Union Square on September 24, and several women were pepper-sprayed by a senior police officer, in an episode that is considered by the office of Manhattan district attorney.
On October 1, about 700 demonstrators were arrested while trying to March at the Brooklyn Bridge. And 28 people were detained after March 6th October in Lower Manhattan, which has attracted thousands and has received support from major unions.
Triggered by a call to action of Adbusters, a Canadian magazine, hold Wall Street began as a protest against what the protesters portray as corporate greed and income inequality that attracts hundreds of people Lower Manhattan, but barely registers a blip on the radar of the mainstream news media. Participants reported themselves part of the "99 percent" to emphasize their claim to one percent of Americans control much of the country's wealth.
The news that the event has grown steadily, fueled by coverage of the incidents of pepper spray, mass arrests on the bridge and the outbreak of similar protests in the country and around the world. Expanded its support base. Celebrities visited the protesters, including Susan Sarandon and Kanye West. Unions, politicians and academics have supported. The case was taken by people getting angrier by chronic unemployment, debt increases and what they see as an imbalance of economic development.