Occupy Protesters 'Action' a 'Day of Disruption'

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They've called it the "Day of Action." A thousand Occupy Wall Street protestors marched on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, in an effort to close it down.

Today marks two months since the movement began in lower Manhattan. Protests have since spread to major cities around the country and around the world.

Protestors carried out their plans to mark the anniversary by disrupting the stock exchange, closing subways, and shutting down streets.

They failed in their goal to actually occupy Wall Street, thanks to police. Still, the congestion brought taxis and delivery trucks to a halt.

Police in riot gear arrested several protesters who sat in the middle of the street.

Hip-hop businessman Russell Simmons, there to show his support, compared the protesting to the Civil Rights Movement.

"They went places and stood up for what they believed in and the police were violent. This movement is not different," Simmons said.

The demonstrations are in response to nationwide efforts to break up Occupy camps. This week, New York City police raided the camp in lower Manhattan, clearing out dozens of tents and sleeping bags.

Similar scenes played out in cities across the country.

"You may be able to move a tent, but you cannot take down passion," Alexandra Seo, an Occupy L.A. protestor, said.

It's been two months since the Occupy movement began, a movement born out of anger at corporate greed and economic inequality.

"The fact that the people who are of lower classes aren't getting the same treatment that people in the upper classes are getting, it's just not right," New York protester Victoria Hallikaar said.

"I want the money in this country to be shared," protester Francis Golden claimed. "Do you know that the 1 percent, if their money was shared, every man, woman and child would get $50,000 a year, every year."

Meanwhile, critics of the Occupy Wall Street movement are pointing to the high amount of criminal activity at protest sites.

The National Review online compiled a list of incidents and arrests, including rape and sexual assault, assault on police officers, and emergency medical technicians, as well public lewdness and arson.

Hundreds have also been arrested for failing to disperse when ordered to do so by police officers.

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