Wednesday, October 19, 2011
According to email sent to Infowars.com, Brookfield Properties recently posted an ad on the New York Craigslist calling for “able-bodied men” to evict the OWS demonstrators from Zuccotti Park on Friday. Brookfield Properties is the company that owns Zuccotti Park where the OWS is encamped on Manhattan.
A search of Craigslist returns a page indicating the ad has been removed.
The ad allegedly posted reads as follows:
Brookfield Properties has recently received a 2.4 million dollar grant to clear out their Privately Owned Public Space (POPS) at Zucotti (sic) Park. NYPD doesn’t want to be involved for PR reasons, so Brookfield has contracted Hazell Security LTD to remove the protesters.
We need two teams of 20-24 to help with the job. We’re looking for able-bodied men ages 22-45 with experience in dealing with crowds/riots/insurgencies. Prior criminal convictions are not a problem. Pay is 1200 under the table for the whole job plus a 200 dollar equipment/clothing stipend. Facemasks to be provided. Please no labels visible on anything. No talking to the press.
Thursday night we meet for a quick runthrough, then Friday night we do a clean sweep. Automatic assumption of resistance is in effect, so feel free to throw your weight around a bit. None of them are going to miss a tooth, BUT PLEASE NO PUNCTURE WOUNDS.
Please message ASAP. Include age, weight, specific experience, and material/equipment requests.
At present, there is no way to verify if the above was in fact posted on Craigslist or if it is legitimate or a hoax.
A search for Hazell Security LTD does not produce a match, which is suspicious. In addition, rampaging security goons unleashed in the park would produce a legal and public relations nightmare. It is also suspicious that the supposed security company says it will pay security contractors “under the table.”
Brookfield has attempted to remove the protesters from its property. On October 11, Ric Clark of Brookfield sent a letter to Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly stating because of “the ongoing trespassing of the protesters we are … requesting the assistance of the New York City Police Department to help clear the Park.”
The NYPD has yet said if it intends to clear the park of the OWS, who are legally trespassing.
Mayor Bloomberg and the government of New York, however, would love to get rid of the protesters and return to business as usual on Wall Street. All attempts by Bloomberg to evict the demonstrators have failed.
Instead of waiting for cold weather to thin out the OWS ranks, Brookfield Properties may hire private goons to intimidate largely peaceful protesters and possibly use violence to run them off.
On the other hand, the alleged ad may be a ruse designed to scare off protesters afraid they may become victims of violence.
The above listed incongruities point toward this being a ruse, although it is not clear who might have initiated it. Is it possible members of the OWS did it simply to portray New York and Brookfield as thugs?
This article was posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 9:38 am