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January 16, 2010

At the Nets game last night, a protest against Ratner

Atlantic Yards Report

Apparently there was a little protest at the Nets-Pacers game last night at the Izod Center, as eight Atlantic Yards opponents unfurled a banner that read, "Ratner trashed the Nets so he could trash Brooklyn."

(Photo and set by Tracy Collins)

It made the lead of the New York Post's game coverage:

A group of eight protestors led by Daniel Goldstein, who has led the fight against the development of the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, hoisted anti-Bruce Ratner banners last night that were confiscated by Meadowlands security.

The protestors stayed in their seats, no doubt wishing they were ejected.

Watching the Nets is almost inhumane punishment. What's a four-letter word for garbage? Junk? Nope. Slop? Not here.

Go with "N-E-T-S, Nets, Nets, Nets."

From the New York Daily News:

Neither did arena security guards, who confiscated a pair of protest banners that were being paraded through a lower section. The banners ripped Nets owner Bruce Ratner, who is moving the team to Brooklyn as the centerpiece of his Atlantic Yards project, and pleaded with Nets fans in New Jersey to pull for the team to remain in the Garden State.

Scott Turner, one of the protesters, said the group chanted "Jersey yes! Ratner no!" as it held the banners up late in the first quarter. As a security guard tried to take one of the banners away, he told Turner that if he didn't surrender it, "we will call the state police."


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The Nets also had an unwanted guest Friday night: The formidable Daniel Goldstein, the last holdout among those living in the footprint of the Atlantic Yards project, brought a group of eight protesters to the game.

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Atlantic Yards opponent Daniel Goldstein and other Brooklyn protestors shouted and held up anti-Bruce Ratner banners as they walked down a section’s steps during the first quarter. But arena security personnel took away the signs because they obstructed the view of the fans.

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Posted by steve at January 16, 2010 10:34 AM