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Occupy Wall Street Marks First Anniversary

Sept. 17, 2012
Occupy Wall Street protest in 2011. File photo.
Occupy Wall Street protest in 2011. File photo.

Protesters and police collected in New York's financial district Monday, the first anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Police said they arrested a few demonstrators near the New York Stock Exchange, The New York Times reported.

Police vans were stationed on side streets throughout the financial district and helicopters flew overhead.

Protesters said they planned to meet up from various points along Wall Street and form a "human wall" to protest what they say is an economic system that benefits the wealthy and corporations over others. The Occupy Wall Street movement sparked similar protests across the United States and the world.

About 200 people gathered early Monday at Zuccotti Park, which Occupy protesters used last year as an encampment, the Times said. Another 400 protesters gathered at the Vietnam Veterans memorial plaza.

At the veterans plaza, New Yorker Oren Goldberg told the Times, "It's exciting to see any group of people attempting any sort of change."

Goldberg, 32, said Occupy protesters were interested in "working toward a greater good than profiteering."

Source: Copyright United Press International 2012

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