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Bloomberg Slams Occupy Wall Street: The Protests Are 'Trying to Destroy The Jobs of Working People


"The one thing I can tell you for sure is if anybody in the city breaks the law we will arrest them and turn them over the district attorneys."

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg took to the airwaves again for his weekly radio show. In his last broadcast, as reported earlier on The Blaze, the New York mayor sounded as if he was becoming concerned with the growing number of protesters.

This week he sounds downright annoyed.

His biggest worry?

He believes the protests -- should they spiral out of control -- will hurt the city's financial centers, having a ripple effect that would ultimately hurt the workers they claim to fight for.

"What they're trying to do is take away the jobs of people working in the city, take away the tax base that we have," Bloomberg said. "We're not going to have money to pay our municipal employees or anything else."

He also added that, whether anyone wants to admit it or not, the banks are absolutely vital to the economic well-being of New York and railing against them will only exasperate an already precariously balanced financial situation.

"Everyone's got a thing they want to protest, some of which is not realistic. And if you focus for example on driving the banks out of New York City, you know those are our jobs," he said. "You can't have it both ways: If you want jobs you got to assist companies and give them confidence to go and hire people."

"The protests that are trying to destroy the jobs of working people is unproductive," he added.

As he did on his last show, Bloomberg implied that the protesters may only have a little bit more time left before he decides that enough is enough.

"The one thing I can tell you for sure," he said, "is if anybody in the city breaks the law we will arrest them and turn them over the district attorneys."

In reference to claims that some protesters "charged the police a few nights ago," the mayor added, "that is just not something we're going to tolerate, period."

"We are trying to deal with this is a way that doesn't make the problem grow and protects everybody's rights... we're trying to let this -- not 'play out,' that isn't quite the right word, but let them express themselves."

Listen to the Interview Here:

Update (Video Added):

(H/T Business Insider)

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