Occupy Wall Street: Hollywood Weighs In on Protesters' Refusal to Vacate Park
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has told the Occupy Wall Street protesters that they have to vacate the Lower Manhattan park where they have been camped out for nearly a month.
The reason? Bloomberg wants a sanitation crew to come into Zuccotti Park to clean up the site, which is filled with more than 1,000 demonstrators. He's ordered them out of the area by 7 a.m. Friday.
But the protesters have said they aren't leaving.
"Come tomorrow morning, we will passively resist and make it as difficult a process to remove us as possible," Occupy Wall Street spokesman Tyler Combelic told CNN. "It's not an occupation if you can't occupy the park."
It seems he and his fellow protesters have some support from a few people in Hollywood.
Russell Simmons tweeted that he's planning to be at the park at 7 a.m. and encouraged his more than 987,000 followers to do the same.
"Meet me at Zuccotti Park tmw at 7AM. There is NO way the brave, patriotic yng ppl are being kicked out," he wrote.
He also made a plea to Bloomberg via the social networking site: "Dear @MikeBloomberg pls do not throw out protesters at Zuccotti Park. I will pay for clean-up to avoid confrontation."
He added: "The yogi in me wants 2 pay 2 clean park & the threat goes away. The activist thinks it may be better to let authorities fu+k themselves."
Meanwhile, Mark Ruffalo, who also has been a vocal supporter of the protesters, also chimed in, asking Bloomberg to change his mind.
"Now that Liberty Square has been cleaned by the Occupiers what is Bloomberg's reason for Clearing the park other then Provocation? Stop," he tweeted.
He also made an appearance at the park Thursday, writing that the demonstrations are far from over: "There is no doubt in my mind that no matter what happens tomorrow this thing is only beginning."
He later added that he talked to a policeman who supported the protestors.
"Just talked to some of our NYPD brothers," he wrote. "When I asked one what he thinks about #OWS. Said if he wasn't wearing his blues he'd be in here."
Roseanne Barr also took issue with the mayor, tweeting: "Bloomberg no!!!"
Michael Moore, who also has made appearances at the events, chimed in as well with an update on the ongoings.
"Citizens in Zuccotti Park cleaning up the park so police don't have a reason 2 close park down," he tweeted.
The protests, which started Sept. 17 in New York, have since spread to Los Angeles and other cities as demonstrators protest corporate greed and corruption.