Today's planned cleanup of Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, where Occupy Wall Street protesters have been camped out for a month, has been postponed — bringing cheers and relief to those in the park. Just hours before the cancellation announcement, in a last-ditch bid to stay, protesters had mopped and picked up garbage. "There was a huge round of applause following postponment because ... it dawned on everyone that, well, maybe they're not going to be arrested this morning after all.” In a statement, Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway said that the private park's owner "believes they can work out an arrangement with the protesters that will ensure the park remains clean, safe, available for public use and that the situation is respectful of residents and businesses downtown, and we will continue to monitor the situation.”
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