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Climate Change, Lack of Power Threatens to Derail Fearless Zuccotti Park Occupiers

As the Occupy Wall Street movement rapidly fades into obscurity, historians will surely look back to Halloween weekend as the tipping point when things went horribly wrong. Already faced with temperatures in the 30s last night, our heroes fled to the comfy confines of a local art gallery.

As fed-up cops are prepared to slap rowdy “Occupy Wall Street” protesters with civil lawsuits, fed-up Zuccotti Park protesters have found a way take a slap at Mother Nature.

Some of the OWS masses dodged yesterday’s cold and rain by ditching their tents and huddling in a nearby art gallery with free WiFi.

Some two dozen protesters and their gear took refuge in the nearby Charlotte’s Place art and public space run by Trinity Wall Street church.

In addition to the Internet connection, Charlotte’s Place has live music at 2 p.m., art on the walls, books and more than a dozen tables.

“We’re basically here to warm up and not be wet,” said an 18-year-old protester named Dylan, who has been in Zuccotti Park for three weeks.

A demonstrator from The Bronx named John added, “I’m glad I found this place. We can come here to get away from the protest.”

They were talking tough while it was sunny and 70 degrees. Not so much bravado left to be found.
Of course a freak snow storm in late October shoold give these chumps a reason to rally against global warming climate change, right?
Another storm coming Saturday to the Northeast bringing drenching rain also threatens a heavily populated part of the region with downed trees, power outages, and travel delays from heavy, wet snow.

Fresh cold air will invade the Northeast through Friday, paving the way for major problems in the Northeast as the second and stronger storm in three days comes calling this weekend.

If the storm develops to its full potential, thousands of trees could come down, and over a million people could be without power.

In preparation, the NYPS and NYFD swept Zuccotti Park this morning, confiscating generators.

Meanwhile, a deranged protester (yeah, I know, that’s redundant)  tried to stab a Fox 5 New York reporter.


 

Of course the caveat that he’s not representative of the larger movement was added. We remember all those reminders from the violent Tea Party protests that swept the nation in 2009 and 2010.

A protester, angered by the presence of a news crew inside Zuccotti Park Friday morning, threatened to stab Fox 5 News reporter John Huddy.

What has been an otherwise violence-free period during his six weeks covering the Occupy Wall Street movement, took a turn for John Huddy. He explained what happened during Good Day New York:

“This is somebody I’ve come across several times for the last few days. He threatened to stab me in the throat with a pen. He ripped the mic out of my hand,” said Huddy.

“I have a meeting with Bloomberg,” said the incoherent protester. The man was soon arrested by the NYPD.

The snow will be creeping north to Boston as well, but they’re prepared.

“I was a Boy Scout. I used to camp out in snow. I’m not worried,” said Robert C. Marley as he threw on an extra layer of clothing.

As last night’s temperatures fell toward freezing, Dewey Square demonstrators said they were prepared to battle the cold through an organized “weatherization committee” and classes that teach members how to cope with hypothermia.

If the weather doesn’t get them, it’ll probably be the dangerous human elements that do.

There are some parts of Zuccotti Park that even the protesters won’t go at night.

Police sources said Thursday that several fights have been reported in the park and officers have been warned of “dangerous instruments being concealed within cardboard tubing” when approaching the demonstrators.

There is a lot of infighting in the park,” a police source said. “There is one part of the park where even they don’t go at night. They call it The Ghetto.”

Isn’t that racist?

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