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Mayor’s Statement on Westlake Park Protest

I support the efforts of the protesters at Westlake Park to address this country’s economic situation. In my budget speech last week, I stated:

“We are facing unprecedented inequality in this country. It is always true that bad times are harder on the poor. But we have not seen income inequality this great since 1928, the year before the Great Depression started. The top 1% control 34% of the nation’s wealth. The top 10% control 2/3rds of the nation’s wealth. It is an unprecedented grab by the most powerful to get a bigger share of a shrinking pie.”

I also support the right to protest, and I support the right to protest at Westlake Park. Individuals and groups are welcome to continue exercising free speech rights.

Like all of our parks, Westlake Park is owned by the people of Seattle. No one group can use a park to the exclusion of others, no matter how worthy the cause. Day in and day out, Westlake Park is heavily used by the public. In the coming days and weeks there are several events and protests that have received a permit to use Westlake Park. This includes a group with a permit to mark the ten year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan and a group with a permit to mark International Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Erecting tents in the park has the effect of displacing others who have a right to be there. Therefore, we will be asking those who have set up tents in Westlake Park to remove them.

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Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn

Comments

Comment from klc
Time October 4, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Please don’t create another excuse for the police to behave the way they did during the WTO. You have the chance to be on the right side of history.

Comment from Phil Mocek
Time October 4, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Mayor McGinn: Will you be *asking* people to remove tents, or sending in police to *demand* this action at gunpoint?

Comment from Robert Stitt
Time October 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm

This is unacceptable! You are being Mayor Bloomberg, I guess.
At the most, you could restrict the tents to a certain area, or require that they be taken down temporarily during permitted events. But please do not provoke a confrontation with mass arrests.
There is a First Amendment, and you need to respect it!

Comment from Matthew McKee
Time October 4, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Mr. Mayor,
Could a compromise be reached that tents are allowed to be errected after dusk, or 8 pm, when the protesters will need them the most? also that one or two tents for electronics or medical aid be allowed to remain during the day?

Comment from Todd Penland
Time October 4, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Mr. Mayor, If you truly support the protesters, then help them move the protest to another highly visible location rather than threatening to arrest them. Better yet, relocate the other — less time consuming — events. Seattle does not lack available public space and there is no justification for the use of the police against peacefully demonstrating citizens.

Comment from Paul Ackley
Time October 4, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Mayor McGinn,
Thank you for your support of Occupy Seattle. I believe this is a very important movement happening across the nation, and our voice in Seattle is critical. I happen to notice, though, that the cause of the other groups mentioned who already hold permits to use Westlake park in the coming weeks are congruent with ours. We may attempt to again share the space with these groups as they, as well, are the 99%.

Comment from Ryan Evans
Time October 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm

How about a compromise? Tents from 10pm – 6 am only. The occupation will continue.

Comment from Peter Voeller
Time October 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Good for you Mayor McGinn!

Comment from Rebecca Merrill
Time October 4, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Please let the Occupy Seattle stay at Westlake this a time of great learning for the youth of this country it needs to have a local that can be reach by ferry and bus and foot I know that nothing like this has happen before and we need to work with the 99% and the youth that will hold the camp their.
thank you and please let the stay!
Rebecca Merrill

Comment from Scott Dow
Time October 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I am glad you are for the rights of the protesters, but it seems that this is a convenient way for you to break the protests while sounding like you support it. It seems to me that these other groups with permits may have much in common with occupy Seattle. If there truly is a problem, how about giving these folks an alternative on where to camp out that is near the protests. Just saying…..

Comment from soulbern
Time October 4, 2011 at 6:13 pm

It isn’t a protest they are interested in achieving, it is an occupation until change happens. This is a national movement which merits the recognition and help of local people and agencies. klc is right, you have a chance to show the people that you are on their side!

Comment from Michael Rodriguez
Time October 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm

How about a compromise that allows protection from the elements during non-event hours?

Comment from Geoff Briggs
Time October 4, 2011 at 6:19 pm

I bet when asked the organizers of the anti-war protest and the Indigenous Peoples’ Day will support the continuing of the Seattle Occupation. We are not competing for park space or public attention. Our cause is one.

Comment from Joel
Time October 4, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Please work with “occupy” we all know we need this. Can you just have them move during scheduled events? arresting them would show poorly for our city’s image as “progressive”

Comment from Isabel Larsen
Time October 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm

How can they stay if they can’t stay dry and warm?

Comment from Jeannie Gorman
Time October 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Taking down the tents will deny protesters shelter. Westlake is large enough to accommodate other groups wishing to use the park AND the OWS protesters. I respectfully request the Mayor to re-assess the situation and allow tents.

Comment from julie hamilton
Time October 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm

i don’t understand why multiple groups can’t use the park together. it seems like they have a lot in common and would appreciate each others participation.
Mayor McGinn, this is a chance for you to put Seattle on the map as a tolerant place where its citizens can protest free of fear of the police and all of that. please reconsider your position on this. you have a chance to be on the side of change that is sweeping the world now or you can try to hang on to the status quo that got us into this mess.

Comment from Rhoda Mueller
Time October 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Mayor McGinn,

Contrary to your statement, the public can move freely in and about the tents. We are the 99% and no one is excluded. Even you, Mayor McGinn, are part of the 99%.

If you stood by the statement in your budget speech and your statement here that you support the right to protest, you wouldn’t be attempting to shut down a protest on the claim that “Erecting tents in the park has the effect of displacing others who have a right to be there.” as it is absolutely untrue and this is the place the people have chosen make their voice heard. The occupation is even co-existing peacefully with Target, although big corporations are one of the major grievances.

You will not be able to crush this movement. If you choose to have arrests made, those arrested will be back as soon as they’re released and our numbers will continue to grow. The 99% aren’t going anywhere and have the right to be at the park in tents just as much as those who are walking through, hanging out or have a permit. I am fully aware that it’s not your policy to have the park cleared before every permitted event that happens there.

Answer to the will of the people. You are the 99%.

With profound sincerity,
Rhoda

Comment from Mack
Time October 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Please Mr. McGinn, see the bigger picture here. The 99% you say you support include you. We are fighting for our children and yours. The demonstrators at Westlake Center are not displacing other park users, they are saving them. The 99% need momentum to overcome millenia of lethargy and slavery, both economic and mental. Do not try to take away the momentum that courageous men and women have worked to create. You will not be able to take it away. When all is said and done, your own reputation will depend on how you supported this revolution or tried to quell it. You are a good man. Let the history books record that as so.

Comment from jeff ridabock
Time October 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm

All those groups are united in one cause, “raising awareness. Shame on Seattles uptight mayor. Remember his lack of support in our rainy Northwest weather come voting time.

Comment from William Wilson
Time October 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Please do all you can to support the protesters @ Westlake Center who are acting in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protesters. We all did swear the same oath after all…
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty, and justice for all.”

Comment from Warren Levine
Time October 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm

I haven’t done this since the 1970s, but from what I remember, and my memory’s pretty damn accurate, the entire POINT of an occupation is to demonstrate civil disobedience. Therefore, your request is, I’m quite sure, invalid. Don’t go all Kerlikowske on the people who put you in office. It’ll look bad if you ever try to run for office again. Thanks for your support.

Comment from klc
Time October 4, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Here is an inspiration for you Mr. Mayor (and for Seattle City Council) :

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/10/occupy-la-city-hall.html

Comment from Nick
Time October 4, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Why not let them keep their tents at night, and have them take them down during the day?

Comment from Jenna
Time October 4, 2011 at 7:52 pm

There is no reason that tents can’t be allowed, especially at night. This won’t end the protests, all it will do is spark more resentment. The groups scheduled have so far shown solidarity with the Occupy America movement and would easily work with them. The Occupy Seattle group is not pushing these other groups away. Allow tents to stay!

Comment from Rhoda Mueller
Time October 4, 2011 at 7:55 pm

The ANSWER coaltion, one of the groups Mayor McGinn mentioned, has declared their solidarity with Occupy Seattle and wants their tents to remain.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/ANSWERSeattleorg/349983761249

Comment from Michael Harrington
Time October 4, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Thank you mayor for your even rational and compassionate consideration. Please please make sure the police do not harm the young people who feel the need to be civilly disobedient. Please order the police to be rational and humane. Mayor I implore you to offer those occupiers another place for their tents. Peace to you and all.

Comment from cleanelectrc
Time October 4, 2011 at 8:21 pm

We at occupy seattle are with the other protests scheduled here … and they are with us. The whole world depends on america joining the global uprisings of the last nine months.

Comment from Jeff
Time October 4, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Shame on the mayor for evicting protestors who are standing up for the rights of many against the greedy few. Doubly shameful evicting them at night.

Comment from Alysoun
Time October 4, 2011 at 8:31 pm

If you support the efforts of the protesters then do not make them leave Westlake.

Comment from Randi Harper
Time October 4, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Why do you keep deleting comments off this page? If you don’t want people to comment, shut comments down instead of giving them the illusion of free speech. Clearly, you’re not interested in hearing what the people have to say.

Comment from fred durst
Time October 4, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Mostly lame.

Comment from Roy Smith
Time October 4, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Rumor has it that the Mayor’s office is deleting comments off this post. Please prove that this is wrong, and prove that you actually support the objectives of Occupy Seattle by letting the occupiers and their tents remain in Westlake Park.

Comment from Randi Harper
Time October 4, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Oh, nice. I can see comments if I post a comment. This has been confirmed behavior by other people. Very, very clever.

Comment from anon
Time October 4, 2011 at 9:00 pm

how about you allow comments?

Comment from Cynthia
Time October 4, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Really Mike McGinn, You have nothing better to do than pick a fight with the people that are fight for 99% of the people! This is happening all over the US it is only going to get bigger, I really do not think you can stop it, and do you really want to be known as the Mayor that does NOT fight for the 99% of the people?

Comment from Salal kate
Time October 4, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Eviction is not a solution! Only fuel for the fire! If you indeed stand behind the visions of the protestors and the thousands of us in solidarity with this movement who cannot be physically present right now AND the 99% whose lives are completely disregarded by the wealthiest and greediest, you would honor our collective right to express our dissent through assembly in a PUBLIC space. …yet another shameful attempt to silence politics on the streets in Seattle.

Comment from Dan Sniadoski
Time October 4, 2011 at 9:13 pm

As stated, PLEASE do not give SPD an excuse to commit unwarranted acts of brutality against peaceful protestors. This is a national movement and it needs to be recognized. Don’t just state that you support the idea, actually go down there and stand WITH them! Show the nation that a Seattle stands WITH the movement, not against it.

It’s not just about the fair use of a public park. It’s about visibility. Those who have permits can share WITH the movement. And don’t delude yourself about daily use. Most people use it as a sidewalk, not a park.

Comment from Rex Crosley
Time October 4, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Erecting corporate bailouts that displaces working people whom have a right to a home.

Comment from Rev. Gloria Kalteich
Time October 4, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Dear Mayor McGinn,

I have just finished reading your statement in regards to the Occupy Seattle encampment in Westlake Center. As a participant in the WTO rallies in 1999, and a long time volunteer for Seattle Hempfest, the Cannabis Defense Coalition, and regular attendee at rallies against police violence and for indigenous peoples, I am a supporter of the right of the people to protest in whatever peaceful way they find appropriate.
This is not about Seattle, it is not even only about the United States. This movement is occurring around the world. Your statement begins by saying that you support us. Please make your actions reflect this. Do not remove the people from Westlake Park. They are exercising their rights-and yes pushing the envelope.
You mention other events that are scheduled to take place at Westlake Park. You mention two rallies, one to mark the 10th Anniversary of the War in Afghanistan and the other associated with Leonard Peltier. I am willing to bet the attendees of those rallies are already camped in the park.
I hope to contact the organizers to discuss their opinion on this conflict. I am willing to bet the real conflict is Target, who erected a stage on Monday for the event that was to start today to open a new downtown store.
Stand for the people who elected you Mayor McGinn…I assure you it was the 99% not the 1% who elected a Mayor that bikes to work. In Solidarity with those around the world,
Rev. Gloria Kalteich

Comment from David Jensen
Time October 4, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I support the occupiers. You should, too. I add my voice to the many above who propose a reasonable compromise allowing for the presence of tents. I will add that commercial events scheduled for this space should have the lowest priority. I am not in the least bothered if such events are somehow “inconvenienced.”

Comment from Soren Sorensen
Time October 4, 2011 at 9:38 pm

These groups sound like they should all be in harmony and solidarity with each other. A friendly agreement could be reached between all parties about the tents and scheduling their programs.

I spent some time in Seattle many years ago I liked it very much. I hope to visit again soon. First though I am interested in following through with our plans to have a great OccupyMN at the Hennepin County Government Center, and I hope that Seattle will continue to be both an inspiration to our occupiers and our Minneapolis Mayor, RT Rybak. I especially appreciate the fact that you tweeted a link to this statement to @occupyseattle!

Occupiers in Seattle obviously may need temporary structures to shelter them from wind and rain, and here in Minnesota we will need to work out some special deal to allow people participating in our occupation to stay healthy and warm in Minneapolis when we get started, as it grows colder.

Lets stay focused on the goal of strengthening our democratic tradition, nonviolence, and finding ways to directly solve our economic emergencies without needing any special blessings from Wall Street bankers, Washington DC politicians and lobbyists and other elites.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” is the attitude that has always helped people in this country get through tough times. Make the best of this situation in Westlake Park, Seattle and you will help the rest of us across the whole country make something better out of this approaching winter.

Comment from Jane Cutter
Time October 4, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Jane Cutter, coordinator of ANSWER Seattle (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) and Jack Whitehouse of the Native Peoples’ Alliance with Friends and Allies, have stated in no uncertain terms that their organizations support “Occupy Seattle” and welcome the presence of “Occupy Seattle” in their scheduled, permitted events at Westlake on Friday Oct. 7 and Saturday Oct. 8.

Jane Cutter of ANSWER Seattle stated, “We urge no one to be fooled by this transparent attempt to pit progressive causes against each other. We see the Occupy Seattle protest as being one and the same with our planned Oct. 7 protest against the 10th anniversary of the Afghan War. In fact, our young ANSWER activists in New York City were among those arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge on Oct. 1 with the Occupy Wall Street protest. It’s time to ‘unoccupy Afghanistan’ and support the poor, not the war.

“Similarly, our brothers and sisters in the Native Peoples Alliance with Friends and Allies, which is hosting the Oct. 8 Indigenous People’s Day event, see the Occupy Seattle protest for social justice as interconnected with their cause which is justice for Indigenous people and political prisoners.”

Comment from mandy varona
Time October 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Ryan Evans, that’s a BRILLIANT COMPROMISE: Tents from 10pm – 6 am only.

Mayor, please stand in solidarity with these demonstrators, at least for the next week. Let it play out and see if we can affect a change and end the corruption of our country. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT AND THE TIME IS NOW, don’t you think? Please reconsider forcing them to move. Loyally, ~mandy varona, seattle, wa

Comment from David M.
Time October 4, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Mayor McGinn: Don’t remove us — JOIN US.

Comment from Megan Opincarne
Time October 4, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Mayor McGinn — I more than appreciate your supportive words, especially because it is your profession to represent us, the people. I appreciate you separating yourself from the untouchable elite that we are protesting by supporting the peoples’ movement.

However, I am very disappointed by the thought that the protesters will be asked to leave. Seattle has a reputation that you should help us to uphold, as a socially-conscious city where grassroots politics and economics flourish and develop. Our reputation makes us a notable city, inviting tourism, and encourages like-minded people to relocate to our wonderful city.

Help us keep it wonderful and notable by doing what you can to HELP, not HINDER, our movement.

Please don’t disappoint your constituency by uprooting this growing movement. You would do better to represent us, than to fight us. From what I’ve seen during my time in Westlake Plaza, the fellow protesters, including myself, have taken pains to respect public property and not alienate ourselves or our (people’s) movement from public (our) personnel. Please do your part to keep the people and the elected government in cahoots. This is what the movement aims for, and in Seattle, we expect our elected officials to represent us.

Thank you for reading my note! And please do what you can to help our country and government become more responsive to the PEOPLE who comprise it.

Comment from @fatbastardly
Time October 4, 2011 at 11:43 pm

So… why are you lying? The holders of said Upcoming permits are with us and have stated so. Mr McGinn This could make or Break your political Career. Remember we are the voters too.

Comment from Mike Knezevich
Time October 5, 2011 at 12:24 am

Mayor McGinn,
Thank you for not sending the police to the Occupy Seattle site at Westlake Park tonight. I just returned home from there. As you may know, hundreds of supporters showed up to express solidarity with the folks staying down there. I believe we’ll be showing up in increasing numbers as time goes by. I know you support our cause, and I appreciate anything you can do to help us.

thanks
Mike Knezevich
9205 49th Ave NE
Seattle 98115

Comment from M. Dennis Paul, Ph.D.
Time October 5, 2011 at 1:28 am

Kudos for your support of the protesters and protests. I believe you made a principled decision.. an honorable decision. I suggest that citizens of Seattle be requested to accommodate tenting protesters if they are supportive. However, the nature of these protests, now spanning the globe, require determined “occupation” for the messages to be heard.. and responded to in genuinely meaningful ways. In Tahrir and elsewhere, people are dying in the streets to create genuine change. At some point, we are destined to see this happen in America. It would not be the first time. What we do to avoid this is an imperative out of the box thinking.

Comment from William Wilson
Time October 5, 2011 at 2:57 am

The people occupying the park are exercising the grand non-violent tradition of civil disobedience. It would be a black mark on your record as mayor to move against them, I quite honestly, I expect more from you as a once and hopefully future supporter of yours.

It is about returning power to the people and restoring a sense of balance and fairness to our political system. What started in Wall Street is now spreading across the nation. Make sure you fall on the right side of history.

Comment from Teresa Valdez Klein
Time October 5, 2011 at 10:55 am

The organizers of both protests you cite here have said that they support the occupiers’ continued use of Westlake Park – and as a “person of Seattle,” I also support their use of the park, tents and all. The tents are a symbol of the occupation. Support the occupation!

Comment from Nicholas Nakis
Time October 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm

There is another protest in Westlake park next Monday, the 10th, against the so-called “holiday” Columbus Day. Many people do not feel that the United States should sanction a celebration of the life of a mass murderer and slave trader. What does Mayor McGinn have to say about that?

Comment from Robert Becker
Time October 5, 2011 at 1:40 pm

The Mayors statement on the Occupy Seattle encampment in Westlake Park is a joke.
It is a paper thin excuse for shutting down the local part of a growing national movement.
Using the names of permitted rallies/protests as a means to shut another one down is wrong.
I’d be pissed off if I was with ANSWER or with the International Indigenous Peoples’ Day groups.
Did they ask the Mayor to speak for them?
I’m pretty sure both groups would completely support the Occupy Seattle protest and join it willingly sharing Westlake Park together.
Their causes are along the same lines and have the same goals. End corporate rule of this nation.
The whole idea that a permit is needed to be in a public space is wrong.
A tool of control by the city and police department to suppress the peoples constitutional right to assembly and free speech.
So is the Mayor saying that the KIRO Winterfest carrousel that takes up half of Westlake Park for over a month is an incorrect use of public space?
Should a corporate backed event be able to occupy Westlake Park for days on end? Nope.

Leave the Occupy Seattle encampment alone.
Be on the right side of history.

Robert Becker

Comment from J. Glenn & Barbara Evans
Time October 5, 2011 at 1:49 pm

We urge you, the Mayor, and City Council members to support those occupying an area of Westlake Park. You will lose support from the majority of Americans who support and believe in the protests taking place around the nation. The 99% of Americans have no other option but civil disobedience in the face of widespread criminality from Wall Street.

Instead, the city should take bold action and give support in the form of outdoor toilets, water, food, sleeping bags. Why not show the rest of the nation that Seattle is a progressive city that takes care of its citizens.

While you are at it, evict the corporate group, Fresh, occupying most of the space. Why is big business allowed to occupy a public park?

The other two groups who have scheduled events at Westlake are not reasons to arrest or evict the folks in tents. They welcome the presence of those encamped there. Jane Cutter of ANSWER Seattle stated, “We urge no one to be fooled by this transparent attempt to pit progressive causes against each other. We see the Occupy Seattle protest as being one and the same with our planned Oct. 7 protest against the 10th anniversary of the Afghan War. In fact, our young ANSWER activists in New York City were among those arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge on Oct. 1 with the Occupy Wall Street protest. It’s time to ‘unoccupy Afghanistan’ and support the poor, not the war.

“Similarly, our brothers and sisters in the Native Peoples Alliance with Friends and Allies, which is hosting the Oct. 8 Indigenous People’s Day event, see the Occupy Seattle protest for social justice as interconnected with their cause which is justice for Indigenous people and political prisoners.”

Of course, those of us occupying Westlake will not just tolerate the protests but welcome them, and no doubt many of us will join in as well. We all stand together.

Comment from Andrea Faste
Time October 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Instead of using police force to remove tents from Westlake park, tell the police to ask protesters to move to the front doors of the major banks, where they can stand beside the bank doors with signs or flags to make their issues visible to the banks. I recognize that clogging Westlake Park is not worthwhile, but I also believe this message of monied inequality must be heard.

Comment from Thalia Syracopoulos
Time October 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm

While the tents take up space in Westlake Plaza they do not occupy the entire park and there is plenty of space for those who want to sit/wander through/buy hot dogs etc. Indeed, last night the great bulk of the park was taken up by an 18 wheeler that was parked diagonally across the area near the arch. Even with that, there was plenty of space for visitors to explore the park and speak with those who are occupying a portion of it. There is no need to take the tents down. No other city has evicted those who represent us, the 99%, when they have occupied space in other cities. (Although I did hear that Spokane might evict those who are occupying a park there). PLEASE DO NOT MAKE SEATTLE ONCE MORE THE PARAGON OF OPPRESSION OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND ASSEMBLY. Let them stay, and grow and perhaps finally catalyze the changes so desperately needed in our society.

Comment from Jean
Time October 5, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Mr. Mayor, these are citizens of the city you were elected to serve who are exercising their right to free speech. Do not turn this into another WTO.

Comment from Michael Love
Time October 5, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Stop arresting the protesters for using tents. There is plenty of room for everyone.

Comment from Barbara Martin
Time October 5, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Why is it that there is no ability for you to compromise with the Occupy Seattle group? Why not work together as a team, if your support is so strong? A lack of compromise is so much of what is wrong with our government today. Set yourself apart, show yourself to be a true man of the people and worthy of your position. Speak with the organizers, your people and your constituents, and compromise!!

Comment from Wendy Smith
Time October 5, 2011 at 8:00 pm

The thing is, those people in Westlake speak for the people of this city, and this country right now. The “occupy” movement is saying out loud what people in this country are experiencing and know and think and feel, and what politicians at every level don’t want to hear, which is “You are part of the problem. We are hurting out here and you are not representing our interests. You are representing the interests of corporate America. We recognize you as bought and paid for. We want different leadership and, indeed, a different way of governing and living.” How long can you silence that message, I wonder?

Comment from Eric Rehm
Time October 5, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Mayor McGinn:

We want it to be Tahrir Square, Egypt.
It appears you want it to be Pearl Roundabout, Bahrain. Shame on you!

Comment from Lorraine Pozzi
Time October 5, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I was one of the Marching Turtles during the WTO. I recall the way the police escalated conflict – even peaceful turtles were perceived as threats to LAW AND ORDER.

The other groups wanting to use Westlake have said unequivocally that they are happy to share the space.

So what exactly is Mayor McGinn’s point?

Comment from Gabe Herbertson
Time October 6, 2011 at 1:03 am

You are no present, nor have you ever been. You are a liar and a complete twofaced, heartless trader to the people that voted for you.
Take off the mask of a grassroots, compassionate or decent human. Please don’t try to pose as one of us anymore.

Comment from Eric Rehm
Time October 6, 2011 at 8:42 am

Mayor McGinn:

We want it to be Tahrir Square, Egypt.
It appears you want it to be Pearl Roundabout, Bahrain. Shame on you!

Comment from Mack
Time October 6, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Dear Mr. McGinn: I was a supporter of yours. I am no longer. You have ignored the fact that the other groups to use the park in the offing have given Occupy Seattle their support. You apparently believe that pressure washing is more important than democratic momentum. You have made your choice for elite authority and against democratic will. Therefore the people will elect a replacement for you. It is sad that you missed a golden opportunity.

Comment from Ron in LFP
Time October 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Bring back the Marching Turtles.
But no one should be allowed to take over any park. You and I have to leave when the park closes, so no tents. Good for Mayor McG.

Comment from Mary Travers
Time October 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Saying you support the People’s movement while acting against the protestors without compromise is disingenuous. There is no reason to make those people stay outside in Seattle’s rain, without shelter. Many here are suggesting a compromise for night use and a couple of supply tents left all day. To not do so puts your mayoralty in peril. Target has a permit, so the serious and supported national movement must move along? If you do not want a Tahrir Square, it is best to find a middle ground. The people, united, will never be defeated. You are our mayor. We, the people, support this. Act on our behalf, not Target’s –in the name if “fairness.” This is not business as usual.

Comment from Rachel
Time October 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Wow, how contradictory to state the you support the efforts of the protestors, and then turn your back and have them arrested. Police made 33 arrests yesterday while Parks and Recreation employees removed tents. This is the age of information, my friend. Your propaganda does not work if your actions say otherwise.

Comment from Rob
Time October 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Take down the tents. Go protest by doing community service. The tents are hindering my rights to the park.

Comment from Rob
Time October 17, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Not 99%. Maybe 20%.

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