Berkeley’s Mayor’s Comments/Occupy in the Park

Published on December 23rd, 2011

I commend my city (including our mayor) for its perspective and actions.

Provo Park in Berkeley

“I believe the Occupy Movement has done this country a great service, by pointing out the disparity between the very rich and the rest of us, and that the people of Berkeley largely support its message. However, the encampment in Civic Center Park has lately become a health and safety problem. There has been an attempted rape, arrests for having knives and a gun, and numerous fights, including an assault with a 2×4. In addition, 3 cases of food poisoning have occurred.

Recently, the City has told the campers that the City needs to enforce our regulations pertaining to the park health and safety. We thank the majority of the people who have voluntarily left and hope the handful of others will follow their lead. It would be great to declare victory and move on together to realizing the important goals of equity, and of making government work for all of us.

I would like to thank everyone for making this a largely peaceful process and also thank our City of Berkeley staff for handling this delicate situation so very well.”

– Mayor Tom Bates

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