Occupy Wall Street Decamped

  • Aired:  11/15/11
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New York City's mayor, Michael Bloomberg, orders the evacuation of Zuccotti Park, citing potential health and safety risks. (3:40)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR JOINING US.

WE'VE GOT TO GET TO THE THING...

WE'VE GOT ENORMOUS NEWS TODAY,

FOLKS.

WE'RE ALL GETTING SICK OF THE

OCCUPY WIETERS.

IT'S BEEN TWO MONTHS, WE GET IT.

INCOME INEQUALITY DOWN 1%, 99

RED BALLOONS GO BY.

ENOUGH, ENOUGH.

THANKFULLY IN THE LAST FEW DAYS

OCCUPY ENCAMPMENTS HAVE BEEN

DECAMPED IN PORTLAND, DENVER,

OAKLAND AND LAST NIGHT IN NEW

YORK'S ZUCOTTI PARK, OCCUPY'S

BIRTHPLACE.

PROTESTORS WERE REMOVED BY SAYS

TARN.

(LAUGHTER)

NOW, MY FELLOW 1%ER NEW YORK

MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG HAD TO

TAKE ACTION.

>> FROM THE BEGINNING I'VE SAID

THAT THE CITY HAS TWO PRINCIPLE

GOALS: GUARANTEEING PUBLIC

HEALTH AND SAFETY AND

GUARANTEEING THE PROTESTERS'

FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS.

BUT WHEN THOSE TWO GOALS CLASH,

THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE

PUBLIC AND OUR FIRST RESPONDERS

MUST BE THE PRIORITY.

>> Stephen: YES, TO PROTECT

EVERYONE'S HEALTH AND SAFETY

THEY SENT IN THIS GUY.

(LAUGHTER)

THERE HE IS, HELPING THE WOUNDED

AND THE SICK WITH HIS TWO

FISTS-- FLORENCE AND

NIGHTINGALE.

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

WE'RE TAKING BLOOD DONATIONS!

AND HIS HONOR WAS CAREFUL NOT TO

VIOLATE THE PROTESTERS' FIRST

AMENDMENT RIGHTS.

>> NEW YORK CITY IS THE CITY

WHERE YOU CAN COME AND EXPRESS

YOURSELF AND WHAT WAS HAPPENING

IN ZUCOTTI PARK WAS NOT THAT.

IT HAD DEVELOPED INTO A

SITUATION WHICH WAS PROHIBITING

A LOT OF PEOPLE FROM EXPRESSING

THEIR VIEWS.

>> Stephen: CLEARLY THEIR

EXPRESSION WAS PROHIBITING OTHER

EXPRESSION.

AFTER ALL, WHEN A DRUM CIRCLE

STARTS IN ZUCOTTI PARK, ALL

OTHER MUSIC IN NEW YORK STOPS.

(LAUGHTER)

BESIDES, THE FOUNDERS NEVER

INTENDED INDEFINITE FREE SPEECH.

THEY ASSUMED AFTER TWO WEEKS ANY

PROTEST WOULD BE WIPED OUT BY

SMALLPOX.

(LAUGHTER)

PLUS, LET'S REMEMBER, FOLKS,

THESE SO-CALLED PEACEFUL

PROTESTERS COULD HAVE TURNED

VIOLET LIKE THEIR FELLOW

OCCUPIERS AT U.C. BERKELEY LAST

WEEK.

LOOK AT THESE VICIOUS STUDENTS

ATTACKING THESE BILLY CLUBS WITH

THEIR SOFT, JABABLE BELLY.

(LAUGHTER)

THESE STUDENTS, OF COURSE,

NAIVELY THOUGHT THEY WERE THE

ONES BEING HELPLESSLY

TRUNCHEONED.

BUT BERKELEY CHANCELLOR ROBERT

BIRGENEAU EDUCATED THE STUDENTS

SAYING "LINKING ARMS IS NOT

NON-VIOLENT CIVIL DISOBEDIENTS."

(LAUGHTER)

THAT'S RIGHT.

LINKING ARMS IS A DANGEROUS ACT

OF AGGRESSION AS TAUGHT IN THE

ANCIENT MARTIAL ARTS OF RED

ROVING, SQUARE DANCING, VON

TRAPPING, AND, MOST DANGEROUS OF

ALL, YELLOW BRICK ROADING.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

TEAR GAS THOSE ANARCHISTS.

YOU DON'T NEED A HOUSE, MR. ,

YOU