Occupy Denies Powder Scare; Launches Protests

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New York City police say white powder contained in several envelopes mailed to various bank branches in the Big Apple turned out to be non-toxic. 

Officials said seven envelopes were sent Monday to several Wells Fargo branches, a JP Morgan Chase branch, and an office building.

The suspicious envelopes caused evacuations of several bank branches, but no injuries were reported. Police had no suspects.

The incident came on the eve of May Day protests organized by Occupy Wall Street organizers and and labor groups across the country.

Dan Gainor, vice president of Business & Culture for the Media Research Center, talked about the Occupy protestors and their goals, on CBN News Channel Morning News, May 1. Watch the interview here.

Four of the mailed envelopes contained an identical note, which included the language "Happy May Day."

But Occupy Wall Street spokesman Bill Dobbs insists the movement had nothing to do with white powder prank. He said the incidents distract from the May 1 events.

Since it was launched eight months ago, Occupy has targeted U.S. financial policies it blames for the growing income gap between rich and poor - between what they called the 1 percent and the 99 percent.

On Thursday, International Workers Day, organizers are holding marches across the globe in an effort to breath new life into their movement after a dormant winter.

Websites in Europe, Asia, the United Kingdom, and the United States are calling for a general strike, meaning no work, no school, no banking, and no shopping.

In New York, Occupy's stated aims are to block tunnels and bridges in an attempt to "shut down the city."

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