#BlackLivesMatter Protesters Annoy Another Union, MTA Says No More Protests At Grand Central ..PERIOD

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The only union left is the sanitation workers and I shudder to think how they could annoy those guys…

Via Wall Street Journal:

“Die-ins” will no longer be permitted at Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said Tuesday, after a month of nightly protests at the station.

The protests – in which groups of demonstrators lie down, as if they are dead – have occurred every night at Grand Central since Dec. 3, when a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man.

But on Tuesday, officials resumed enforcing a rule against lying down inside Grand Central, said Adam Lisberg, a spokesman for the MTA.

“The rules have always been you can’t lie down in Grand Central,” Mr. Lisberg said. “When the protests began, we were prepared to allow a disruption of the rules under the circumstances…We can’t allow it anymore.”

The decision came after protesters began laying placards on the ground, he said.

He said other forms of protest could continue.

For demonstrators who have turned up at Grand Central nightly, news that the rule would be enforced came as a blow. They said they consider the “die-in” as a powerful, nonviolent symbol against what they consider excessive police tactics.

“This is really designed to kick the protesters out,” said Lucy Sun, a 25-year-old protest organizer. “Nothing unpeaceful was happening.”

The protests, which have decreased recently, have posed a challenge for Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has been criticized by New York Police Department union leaders for supporting what they viewed as antipolice demonstrations.

A spokesman for Mr. de Blasio didn’t immediately respond Tuesday night to a request for comment about the change at Grand Central.

Ms. Sun said that, though she was disappointed, she would continue to protest at Grand Central, while complying with the rule against lying down. But, she said Tuesday evening, she could not speak for the other demonstrators.

“Tonight’s going to be weird,” she said.

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