NY officials delay protesters' park cleanup

October 14, 2011 14:09

NEW YORK - Officials in New York City on Friday postponed a planned clean-up of the downtown Manhattan park where anti-Wall Street protesters have set up camp, averting what many feared could have been a showdown with authorities.

Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway said the private owner of Zuccotti Park, Brookfield Office Properties, decided late on Thursday to delay the cleaning, which had been slated to begin at 7 a.m. local time.

Protesters celebrated the postponement at the publicly accessible park, where the mood was festive.

Many had feared the cleaning would be an attempt to shut down the movement that has sparked solidarity protests in more than 1,400 cities. There were plans for global rallies on Saturday in 71 countries, according to Occupy Together and United for Global Change.

Roughly 1,000 protesters were on hand early on Friday at the park, where many had been up all night cleaning it themselves.

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