[TheYoungTurks] - Why Bloomberg Fights 'Occupy Wall Street' - #Occupytogether





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Published on Nov 17, 2011

From: TheYoungTurks on Nov 15, 2011
Why is New York City major Michael Bloomberg defending raids on Zuccotti Park to destroy the Occupy Wall Street protests? The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.


Colbert Blasts Mayor Bloomberg For Occupy Wall Street Police Brutality (VIDEO)

Colbert Blasts Mayor Bloomberg For Occupy Wall Street Police Brutality (VIDEO)

First Posted: 11/16/11 12:33 PM ET Updated: 11/16/11 12:33 PM ET
When Occupy Wall Street first started, the protesters knew two things: They were in this for the long haul, and they could probably expect to clash with the police. But few would have guessed that the police brutality would reach the levels it has in recent weeks -- especially upon the orders of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who at first appeared to be an ally of the movement.

And Stephen Colbert could not be more supportive of his "fellow One Percenter." After showing a press conference wherein Bloomberg explained his reasoning behind forcibly removing the protesters from Zuccotti Park as protecting the crowd, Colbert pointed to the thug-like, menacing cop who was sent in to "protect everyone's health and safety."

"There he is, helping the wounded and the sick with his two fists, Florence and Nightengale."

And Colbert didn't stop there -- he also took on Bloomberg's stance that the Occupiers were somehow preventing others from expressing themselves. "When a drum circle starts in Zuccotti Park, all other music in New York starts!"
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Bloomberg's Bum Rush Backfires
Occupy Wall Street was getting as tired as Charlie Sheen jokes about "winning."

The media were moving on. Questions about the protests were absent from recent Republican debates. Sympathetic neighbors had become frustrated. The police were tired. No amount of overtime was worth the hassle. Most disturbingly, assaults had turned a peaceful gathering into just another bad neighborhood.

Then New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg played right into the Occupy Wall Street movement's hands. He gave them a common enemy.

Mr. Bloomberg's postmidnight raid on the camp at Zuccotti Park swept the protesters from their spiritual home, but it re-energized the movement, too. I met Occupy Wall Street in the morning hours following the raid at Foley Square and then Duarte Park. I followed the group back to Zuccotti Park just eight hours after the eviction.

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