An OMG moment for the Occupy Wall Street movememt
OMG indeed! The members of the Occupy Wall Street movement have discovered that if they obey the rules, the cops leave them alone! What a revelation for these people. It only took them six months to figure it out, even with a non-stop legal team supporting them. A 2000 court ruling had decreed that protesters could sleep on the sidewalk as a form of protest, provided that they not use more than half the sidewalk or block entrances or exits. So, now a bunch of small groups are occupy small strips of sidewalk in the vicinity of Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange. They could have been doing this six months ago,, but didn't, in large part because their numbers were much larger and also a number of their members simply couldn't stomach the thought of obeying rules.
Unfortunately, this form of passive protest is rather boring and won't get a lot of attention except for the novelty of OWS members actually obeying rules for a change.
By definition, they can't "shut down" anything with this form of protest, so it will be interesting to see how long they are willing to keep it up.
But as long as they are obeying the rules, they are welcome to try to do it indefinitely.