The owners of Lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, site of the Occupy Wall Street encampment, announced before dawn Friday they will postpone their scheduled cleanup of the area, possibly heading off a massive confrontation between protesters and police, NBC New York reported.
The occupiers, their ranks swelled by thousands of supporters, cheered the sudden climbdown as a victory, according to a Twitter stream
http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23ows linked with their movement.
Liberty Plaza is a shining display of humanity, read one of many triumphant tweets on the stream.
Greg Mitchell, reporting from the scene for the left-leaning Nation magazine, tweeted: Much cheering in park. People. United. Not Defeated.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office got word of the postponement from Brookfield Properties last night, NBC said.
Our position has been consistent throughout: the city’s role is to protect public health and safety, to enforce the law, and guarantee the rights of all New Yorkers, Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway said in a statement. Brookfield believes they can work out an arrangement with the protesters that will ensure the park remains clean, safe, available for public use and that the situation is respectful of residents and businesses downtown, and we will continue to monitor the situation.”