Occupy Wall Street: The Latest
NetNet's John Carney is on the scene in lower Manhattan. Here are his updates on what's going on.
3:48 P.M. : A group of about twenty protesters went into the subway, they plan to occupy the 'R' train from Union Square to Time Square.
3:47 P.M. : Students from various New York City colleges are making speeches to the crowd at Union Square. Police presence is minimal and the crowd is friendly and upbeat despite the frigid temperatures.
3:17 P.M. : There are now several hundred people at Union Square.
2:44 P.M. : A hundred or so students just arrived at Union Square park.
2:26 P.M. :Many protesters have left Zuccotti Park for Union Square for what they are calling 'Occupy the Subway.' They are planning to gather at subway stations in Manhattan including Union Square, 125 st., 23rd st., as well as other major stations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
Back at Zuccotti Park several protesters, some of which who were bleeding, were taken away in handcuffs.
1:55 P.M. : Violence just broke out at Zuccotti Park, protesters were pushing back against police barricades in attempt to start a march.
Police charged into the park and fought against protesters. The scuffle lasted about five minutes before order was returned. Tensions are very high right now. Police in helmets are lining the perimeter of the park now.
1:35 P.M. : Temperature has dropped and a freezing rain is falling on protesters.
Occupying the subway seems to be a bit more appealing right now.
12:45 P.M. : Hundreds of protesters have entered the park. Police have pulled back barricades to accommodate bigger crowds.
The park is once again crowded.
12:33 P.M. : A large group if protesters just left Zuccotti Park chanting about occupying the subway.
"March with us, this way! Occupy the subway!"
There is an Occupy Subway protest scheduled for 3 pm.
11:23 A.M. : Just a few blocks south of Zuccotti Park, a film crew is set up to film the next Spiderman movie on the southside of Bowling Green Park. Some protesters have gathered around the set mistaking actors for actual government officials.
11:21 A.M. : There are widespread rumors that police are planning to arrest everyone in Zuccotti Park.
Russell Simmons, who is here in the park, asked his body guard to check out the rumor.
Some protesters are hesitant to re-enter park because of the rumor that "it's a trap."
11:19 A.M. : There are about 200 people in Zuccotti Park, far fewer than might be expected on this "day of action."
Most of the park is actually empty, a stark contrast to the days when tents and piles of bags filled large portions of the plaza.
11:16 A.M. : The protesters have left the area around the NYSE. The streets are now mostly just filled with police.
10:47 A.M. : Violence nearly broke out on Pine Street. But it wasn't between police and protesters.
A group of protesters blocked a truck delivering Snapple beverages to the Deutsche Bank building. The truck's driver was enraged.
"You are about to become the 98 percent when I take one if you mother-(expletive)," the driver said.
This worked. The protesters quickly moved away and the truck was able to enter the Deutsce Bank loading bay.
10:19 A.M. : The crowds gathered at various police stopping points are largely peaceful and cooperating with police.
"We are the 99 percent!" chants ring out.
One person, dressed as Sesame Street's Cookie Monster, was pushed away from barriers by police. The crowd responded by telling, "Leave cookie monster alone!"
9:58 A.M. : Hundreds of protesters are squaring off with police in the blocks surrounding the NYSE. Police barriers are preventing protesters from entering the block of the NYSE. The "people's mic" is being used to communicate messages between scattered groups of protesters.
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