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6:47pm Final update: After winding through the financial district, the marchers came to the tip of Battery Park by the water and the crowd of roughly has 200 dissolved. Medea Benjamin of Code Pink says there is another protest planned tomorrow at 8am at the corner in front of the Stock Exchange.
6:09pm Shortly before 6pm protesters took off and began marching through the concrete canyons of lower Wall Street. Several hundred people are chanting. They just turned onto Hanover Street, a narrow corridor with tall buildings. In some buildings, protesters could see people in the windows flipping them off, suggesting they feel entitled to their bailout.
5:20pm New chant: "You fucked up, suck it up."
5:02pm New chant: "You broke it, you bought it."
5:00pm John Tarleton says Peter Hognes who edits The Clarion was at the labor rally held at noon today at Broadway and Exchange Street, one block from Wall Street. He estimated there were 1,500 people there from diverse unions. The New York Central Labor Council called that rally.
4:57pm Signs spotted: "No bail, send them to jail;" "Bail me out too," "Bailout = Bullshit," "Wall Street Bums in Jail," "Regulate the Loan Sharks," "Jump! Without your golden parachute," "Ownership society!? Own your own junk derivative," "Nationalize health care next." The chant has changed to "SHUT DOWN WALL STREET."
4:55pm The crowd has arrived at the corner of Broad and Wall St, home to the Stock Exchange. About 400 people are dramatically lined along Wall Street, their chants of "NO BAILOUT!" echoing in the narrow canyons. Nearby a big statue of George Washington looks on from his pedestal.
4:42pm 250-300 people are marching up the east side of Broadway from the plaza towards Wall St. Cops are following along on their scooters. People have drums and noisemakers echoing off sides of buildings. Folks on the sidewalks are taking it all in. Teams of Indypendent volunteers are distributing back issues with our coverage of the financial crisis throughout subway stations in the financial district. Remember, every $50 you donate to the Indy helps to print a thousand papers.
4:37pm The shit pile has formed at the rear end of the bull! The sacrificial offering include an old tennis racket, a threadbare mop, some old vinal records, a pair of blue jeans, and a bunch of CDs. Somebody just dropped off their copy of the Marx, Engels Reader. Maybe Wall Street can put that to good use. Now people are starting to march around.
4:35pm Northern part of Bowling Green Plaza is continuing to fill up. About 300 people are on site. Onlookers across the street who have come down out of their offices are watching in curiosity.
4:33pm Medea Benjamin said "This is the most outrageous swindle in the history of this country. They want to privatize profit and socialize costs." She talked about how the bailout is being tweaked, "but we don't want crumbs, we want the whole pie. We want it to go to people losing their homes. We want it to go to creating the healthcare system we all want, and that the rest of the world has."
4:30pm A spokesperson for the International Longshore Worker Association (Local 10 from San Fransisco) said, "This is the surge in the war at home. This an attack on our democracy. This is a bailout of casino capitalism." He suggested that ILWA with locals up and down the West Coast may organize a one-day-week work stopage like they did to protest the war on Iraq and Afghanistan.
4:28pm Arun Gupta said: "Its clear the fix is in. They are going to transfer an enourmous amount of wealth to Wall Street. This is the bail out of the global elite."
4:25pm The protest has grown to 200 people and several dozen journalists floating around. An ad-hoc preference conference just got over. Speakers included Arun Gupta, Beka Economopolis, Medea Benjamin Code Pink, Andrew Boyd Billionaires for Bush, Jean Rice from Picture the Homeless. Travis Morales is now speaking. He says, "we need revolution."
4pm A die-in is underway on Wall Street, where a couple dozen protesters have gathered on the northern tip of Bowling Green plaza. Four people from World Can't Wait are splayed on the ground beneath the iconic bull. They are dressed in black and wearing white masks over their face. Signs dangle from their chests that read "GREED KILLS." Also on hand are several TV crews and photojournalists who are snapping away. A press conference is about to begin. As this report was filed ten cops pulled up on their motor scooters, bringing their total to 15.