(NEW YORK) -- Friday's scheduled cleaning of New York City's Zuccotti Park, where Occupy Wall Street protesters have been gathered for a month, has been canceled.
Brookfield Properties, the owners of the park, sent a letter Thursday night to Caswell Holloway, the city's deputy mayor for operations, saying they "have decided to postpone the cleaning operation for Zuccotti Park" that was scheduled for Friday at 7 a.m.
Ric Clark, the CEO of Brookfield Office Properties, said they will defer the cleaning "for a few days while we attempt to work out an arrangement with the protesters."
On Thursday, in advance of the scheduled cleaning, protesters took to Facebook and Twitter, asking people to “donate or purchase brooms, mops, squeegees, dust pans, garbage bags, power washers and any other cleaning supplies.”
The group vowed to stay in the park and said they would try to prevent the cleaning crews from entering.
“Friday morning, we’ll awake and position ourselves with our brooms and mops in a human chain around the park, linked at the arms,” the group posted on its Facebook page. “If NYPD attempts to enter, we’ll peacefully, non-violently stand our ground, and those who are willing will get arrested.”
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