City braces for massive protests as Occupiers mark 2 months

(AP) - Zuccotti Park, the epicenter of the globalOccupy Wall Street movement, was desolate Wednesday compared withthe days before the granite plaza was cleared, but city officialswere bracing for tens of thousands of protesters who could clogsubways and streets Thursday in support of the cause.Scores of police will be on hand and transit officials werepreparing to deal with a crush of people as part of the protestbilled as a national day of action. The group announced it wouldrally near the New York Stock Exchange, then fan out acrossManhattan and head to subways, before gathering downtown andmarching over the Brooklyn bridge. "Resist austerity. Rebuild theeconomy. Reclaim our democracy," the group wrote in a newsrelease.Similar protests were planned around the county. New York Cityofficials said they had not spoken to demonstrators but were awareof the plans."The protesters are calling for a massive event aimed atdisrupting major parts of the city," Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfsonsaid. "We will be prepared for that."

It's not clear how many demonstrators would actually attend.Previous protests in New York have consisted of several hundredpeople.On Wednesday, police arrested a 29-year-old demonstrator on acharge of making a terrorist threat after he was caught on videothreatening to attack Macy's with a Molotov cocktail. Police sayNkrumah Tinsley also threatened to burn down the city. He was incustody and there was no phone number listed for his last knownaddress. He was arrested at Zuccotti Park.The day of action had been planned before the city and parkowners cracked down on the encampment in Zuccotti Park. Tents,tarps and sleeping bags were cleared out early Tuesday and thegranite plaza was cleaned for the first time since the grouparrived more than two months ago.There were 220 people arrestedduring the cleanup and the daylong protests that followed,including several journalists who were later released. CityCouncilmember Yandis Rodriquez also was arrested and said he wasroughed up by police.NJ residents have mixed feelings on Occupy protester clearingTent ban upheld, Occupy protesters return without themVIDEO: Interview with Occupy Wall Street spokesperson

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