As Temperatures Drop, Tents Go Back Up In Zuccotti Park

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There could be a showdown in Zuccotti Park between Occupy Wall Street protesters and the park’s owners after campers were seen putting tents back up on Monday.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports

The owners of the park, Brookfield Properties, issued new rules earlier this month that said tarps, sleeping bags and tents are prohibited in the park, as well as lying on the ground and on benches when it becomes an interference for others.

But with the temperatures going down, the tents are going back up.

So far, Brookfield hasn’t tried to enforce the new rules, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg said if they ask for help from the city, they’ll get it.

“If Brookfield were to come to us and say their rules are being violated and they’ve asked people to stop or to leave and those people aren’t doing it then it’s an issue of trespass and the police department will do what it has to do,” said Bloomberg.

But Bloomberg also acknowledged that encampment at Zuccotti Park has become a tourist attraction and demonstrates the right to freedom of speech in America. 

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