At that time, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg released a statement to the press, highlighting the illegality and supposed public danger of the occupation. He then loosed the NYPD gang (and I mean this in the violent-street-criminal-association sense) upon the park.
"Protesters have had two months to occupy the park with tents and sleeping bags," he said. "Now they will have to occupy the space with the power of their arguments."
But what of the mayor's arguments? Do they need to be powerful? No, no. Who needs powerful arguments when you can use the violent force of a large army (again, I refer to NYPD) to enforce your policies? We didn't have the corporate media machine to proliferate our message and arguments, however powerful they may have been, and we certainly didn't have an army to fight back (being peaceful demonstrators, we wouldn't resort to that anyway).
So we were bullied out of the park.
But please, let's talk about the power of arguments. If Bloomberg was really concerned about public safety and law and order, then he could have precluded the entire Occupy protest by instead unleashing the NYPD on the New York Stock Exchange and arresting all the white collar criminals whose shady dealings wreaked havoc on the US economy and the middle and working classes, and ultimately precipitated the Occupy movement.
But the stock exchange wasn't his target on November 15th. It seems that the power of the Occupy movement's arguments were no match for the power of the almighty US dollar. And there's no question now as to whom Bloomberg was and is beholden.
Two years have passed and perhaps our arguments have passed muster after all, at least with the populace. Bloomberg and his ideology will soon be a scourge of the city's past and Bill de Blasio, known to be sympathetic to the causes of the Occupy movement, will follow in his stead. Time only will tell whether de Blasio will enact the changes that Occupy fought for; but I sure hope that if he doesn't, the park comes alive again!