NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — “Occupy Wall Street” protesters were swarming the streets near City Hall Wednesday night as a show of solidarity for their fellow protesters in California.
Chopper 2-HD was live over the chaotic scene that was making a mess of traffic. The demonstrators marched around the gates of City Hall chanting slogans like “March with Oakland,” before returning to Zuccotti Park.
On Tuesday night in Oakland, protesters clashed with police after they attempted to come back to an area that was disbanded. Officials in California had been complaining about deteriorating safety, sanitation and health issues at the Oakland camp. Those issues, of course, are many of the same points of contention inside Zuccotti Park.
CBS 2′s Derricke Dennis described the protesters as “overtaking Lower Manhattan” Wednesday night. The group marched in areas like 6th Avenue, Broadway and Thomas Street in a spontaneous effort to disrupt traffic and normal nighttime activities.
Occupy Wall Street has now entered its sixth week and is showing no signs of slowing down despite numerous complaints from neighbors.
Wednesday night’s demonstrations come as the latest poll found nearly half of Americans agreed with the views of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The CBS News/New York Times Poll released Tuesday found 43 percent agree with the demonstrators, while 27 percent disagreed and 30 percent said they were unsure.
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