So, here we go. The court ruled that the protesters cannot use Central Park. United for Peace & Justice has said that if they cannot use the park, there will be no rally, that they will not use the West Side Highway. So, when the march gets to Madison Square Garden on Sunday - that part I believe there is a permit for - don't you think that the cry will go out, "The park is ours, let's go to the park?"
I believe that will happen. What a chess game this is. Now, when a quarter of a million protesters arrive and attempt to go into Central Park - what will happen? The police department and the mayor must have thought this out and decided to either close the park (can they actually do that) - or to let protesters in.
If (and I would find this almost impossible to believe, but stranger things have happened) the police are told to defend the park at all costs - then you will have serious violence and many people will be hurt and arrested and the grass may even get stained. No way could something so stupid happen...
And I feel better now, because Tom Ridge was in town and opened the New York Stock Exchange.