Protesters' Plans To Occupy Wall Street Landmark Denied
As Occupy Wall Street protesters marked one year of frustration toward the nation's financial leaders and institutions, police were out in full force to keep them from disrupting the New York Stock Exchange. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.
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Early Monday morning, the barricades had already been set up as police readied to keep so-called occupiers out.
"Calm before the storm, shall we say," said one protester.
Just before the New York Stock Exchange opened, occupiers prepared to make their move. Then, things unfolded quickly.
Protesters could not get past the barricades on Wall Street or those on Nassau Street, although some tried and resulted in arrest.
"We are in a terrible situation. And we need to continually draw attention to the crimes in this district. All around us," said one protester.
The heavy police presence forced occupiers to break into smaller groups.
"Right now we are in front of Deutsche Bank because we are hitting up different banks and protesting. For me I am protesting the role of banks in our political system," said one protester.
It's hard to say how many more Occupy Wall Street demonstrations there will be or how much longer the movement will last. But one thing is for sure, at least according to supporters, it's already had an enormous influence on the public debate.
"You see it everywhere people talking about 99 percent. You didn't see that before Occupy Wall Street," said one protester.
"You wouldn't be out here if we hadn't changed the conversation," said another protester.
It's still too early to tell what kind of effect Occupy Wall Street will have, if any, in the November election. But many demonstrators feel satisfied that their voices continue to be heard.