NEW YORK BRACES – AT 7:58 A.M. ET: New York City is bracing for a day of rage launched by the Occupy Wall Streeters who were evicted from their perpetual campgrounds a few nights ago. This may go on all day and hit different parts of the city.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Hundreds of protesters who gathered across from Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan began chanting and marching toward Wall Street.
It’s the first step in the planned “day of action” by Occupy Wall Street protesters.
Today marks the two month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street demonstration and the group is hoping there will be a huge turnout at big protests they’ve planned throughout the city.
“We’re going to march on Wall Street and shut down the New York Stock Exchange,” said protester Patrick Bruner.
“We do hope to stop people from getting to work,” said demonstrator Austin Guest. “We do hope to stop the Stock Exchange from functioning, but we don’t hope to do it in a crazy, wild-eyed way.”
Police are aware of the plan. They’ve flooded the Wall Street area with officers, who have set up barriers and checkpoints. They are not admitting people into the area without proof that they actually work there.
COMMENT: I'm not all that concerned about the Wall Street area. I'm concerned about rogue elements trying to shut down transportation systems, or even block traffic to the point where even fire trucks or ambulances couldn't get through.
However, these big plans often fizzle, and the great NYPD is on the job.
November 17, 2011