Protesters pledge 'block party' will shut down Wall Street
Mayor dismisses threatened day of action
BY CHRIS FRANCESCANI, REUTERS NOVEMBER 15, 2011
Protesters hope to shut down Wall Street on Thursday by holding a street carnival to mark two months since the start of their campaign against economic inequality.
Protest organizers acknowledged the "day of action" they have planned could be the group's most provocative yet, and could lead to mass arrests and further strain relations with city authorities.
"I think we're certainly going into this with our eyes wide open, but (the march is) to provoke ideas and discussion, not to provoke any violent reactions," said the Occupy Wall Street spokesman, Ed Needham. "It is very difficult to do a day of action and not expect some sort of reaction" from the authorities.
"We will shut down Wall Street," a post on the movement's Facebook page said. "We will ring the People's Bell, and initiate a street carnival in which we rebuild and celebrate the neighbourhoods that the Wall Street economy has destroyed."
The group promises "a block party the one per cent will never forget."