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Manhattan Borough President Blasts Bloomberg: Zuccotti ‘Is Not Tiananmen Square’

As the New York Police Department moved in on Occupy Wall Street yesterday, it purposely kept journalists out of the area, even arresting a number of reporters who got too close to demonstrators. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended his kettling of journalists by saying it was done to “protect the members of the press.” But Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer disagreed, saying, “American foreign correspondents routinely put themselves in harm’s way to do their jobs, in some of the most brutal dictatorships in the world. And their NYC colleagues deserve the freedom to make the same choice. Zuccotti Park is not Tiananmen Square.”