If you couldn't tell by the headline blared across the cover, the New York Post has had "ENOUGH!" of the Occupy Wall Street protests.
In a front-page editorial published on Thursday, the Post urged Mayor Michael Bloomberg to "reclaim Zuccotti Park--and New York City's dignity."
"The Zuccotti Park vagabonds have had their say--and trashed lower Manhattan--for long enough," the editorial begins. "They need to go. Be it voluntarily--by packing their tents and heading off in an orderly fashion. Or by having the NYPD step in--and evict them."
The Post said that what began as a "credible protest" against Wall Street banks has "been hijacked by crazies and criminals."
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No one should have to put up with the incessant noise, filth and downright dangerous conditions the protesters have foisted upon lower Manhattan. The drumming and tambourines. The yelling and screaming. The public urination and defecation. The drugs. The lewdness. The criminals and their crimes. It's all got to end.
The Post, of course, is owned by News Corp., which also owns the Wall Street Journal and Fox News--two symbolic targets of the protesters' ire.
The paper continued:
No one has greater respect for the First Amendment than this paper. Even radicals--especially radicals--have a fundamental right to public protest. We don't even quibble with some parts of the protesters' message--such as their resentment of the massive bailouts of banks using taxpayer money. And we certainly respect the right of Brookfield Properties, owner of the park, to permit the protests. But there comes a time when enough is enough.
A spokesman for Occupy Wall Street did not immediately return an email from Yahoo News seeking an official response.
"What's needed right now is mayoral leadership," the Post added. "That means giving the protesters fair warning that their party is over--and then standing firm in the face of the firestorm that surely will ignite."
The front-page editorial comes a day after more clashes between police and Occupy Oakland protesters were reported, as demonstrators blocked a city port.
It's worth noting that the Post was one of the first newspapers to cover Occupy Wall Street, including publishing a cover story after a police officer was shown to using pepper spray on female protesters during the first week of the protests.
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