Melissa Bell
The Washington Post
October 14, 2011

In the early morning in downtown Manhattan, Occupy Wall Street protesters started to gear up for what some considered the first major threat to their nearly-month long residence at Zuccotti Park. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I) had told the protesters that police would enforce a request from Brookfield, the private owners of the park, to eject the encampment for a cleaning at 7 a.m. Friday.

Half an hour before the scheduled ejection, Bloomberg’s office released a statement (see at bottom) saying the owners had changed their minds and would work with the protesters to keep the park clean.

The crowd erupted in cheers, and an impromptu march to Wall Street began in celebration:

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