Furious New York City residents sounded off at a community meeting Thursday night over the hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters encamped in Zuccotti Park.
“The occupiers are not our neighbors,” one resident said while addressing a Community Board One meeting in Lower Manhattan. “Our neighbors do not beat on drums when they’re sleeping, our neighbors do not verbally attack on the way to work. Our neighbors do not break into buildings or defecate on our street.”
Public sex, open drug usage and nudity have been reported in the park — occupied for more than a month by anti-capitalists. Hundreds have been arrested but New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has given his blessing for the protesters to remain in the park for as long as they want.
But several hundred furious taxpaying residents said enough is enough.
“They are defecating on our doorsteps,” stay-at-home mom Katherine Hughes told the New York Post. “A lot of people are very frustrated. A lot of people are concerned about the safety of our kids.”
“I walk out of my apartment and see people urinating on my steps,” resident James Fernandez told the Post. “The protesters taunt people who are on their way to work.”
An Occupy Wall Street spokesman told the Community Board they were making changes but could not make any promises that the urinating in the streets or the constant drum beating would end.
“In terms of accountability and enforceability, we’ve got a ways to go,” he said. “I think we’ve made progress, I do.”
“Get some earplugs,” a protester told the newspaper.
WNYW-TV reported that the board passed a resolution noting their support for the right to protest – but noted there need to be limits on noise, more bathrooms, and the removal of NYPD barricades erected around the neighborhood.