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The increased presence of homeless drug addicts and drunks has been causing tension in Zuccotti Park. Apparently the amount of "freeloaders" caused the Occupy Wall Street kitchen to scale back operations for a few days in protest. The Daily News today reports that the place has basically become divided between "real" occupy wall street protesters on the east, and the homeless riffraff on the West: There is now a "wrong side of the tracks" at Zuccotti Park.
According to Daily News op-ed contributor Harry Siegel, this shift has been helped along by friendly NYPD officers:
I would doubt it Any drunk homeless person can be bought for information as easy as 1-2-3 They can be bought by NYPD sure, but also by protestors and onsite ATS Members
Originally posted by Chad_Thomas89
This is actually a very unique opportunity for the occupiers. They should help and support all the homeless that come their way and in turn slam the giovernment for not doing their job properly. By supporting the homeless and teaching them about the causes the occupiers are fighting for, it would only do an absolute good for the movement and for the deprived. Turn this tactic against the police and the government. If the occupiers don't take advantage of this, it would be a shame.
P.S. Yes I know there would be some dangerous folk amongst the homeless, they just have to siphon through those few and if they have drugs or weapons, turn them into the authorities. However, the occupiers aren't very organized if at all and so I don't think anything effective will be done about it.
Originally posted by Domo1
reply to post by Fitch303
I'm not totally on board with the OWS but I will say that protesting a cause should not make you automatically responsible for the welfare of the homeless or drug user. There are programs for that. There are people that actually know how to help.