Look | Protesters Get Bullish on Wall Street

Hundreds of demonstrators are still camping out and rallying in the financial district as their protest against Wall Street greed.  Zuccotti Park at Broadway and Liberty Street has become the base of operations for a core group of protesters, many of who have been camping out since Saturday.

Many are college-aged students from New York and beyond. Others from all walks of life say they heard about the protests and came to show their support for an afternoon or more. Chaz Valenza traveled from Philadelphia because his restaurant has been struggling for several years and he wanted to speak out for substantial economic reform.

"We've made it through to this point — I’m afraid of a double-dip recession but I am living on meager scraps. I am behind on my mortgage and we're just hoping that things start to turn around soon."

The core group of participants say they plan to continue indefinitely. The NYPD said 20 have been arrested since the protests began, mainly for disorderly conduct.

Protest signs line a sidewalk in the Wall Street area.
Protest signs line a sidewalk in the Wall Street area. ( Kathleen Horan )
A significant police presence stays close to the protestors at all times.
A significant police presence stays close to the protestors at all times. ( Kathleen Horan )
Police on the left, while protests march on the right.
Police on the left, while protests march on the right. ( Kathleen Horan )
A protestor mans the information station that lists the day's agenda.
A protestor mans the information station that lists the day's agenda. ( Kathleen Horan )
An army does march on its stomach.
An army does march on its stomach. ( Kathleen Horan )
Protestors set up a media and electronics zone.
Protestors set up a media and electronics zone. ( Kathleen Horan )
Restaurant owner Chaz Valencia says his struggling business was damaged in the hurricane so he decided to participate to speak out against the bailout and in support of the breakup of big banks.
Restaurant owner Chaz Valencia says his struggling business was damaged in the hurricane so he decided to participate to speak out against the bailout and in support of the breakup of big banks. ( Kathleen Horan )
Protestors enroute to Wall Street.
Protestors enroute to Wall Street. ( Kathleen Horan )
Protestors are making themselves at home; setting up a lost and found, a book swap and a composting area.
Protestors are making themselves at home; setting up a lost and found, a book swap and a composting area. ( Kathleen Horan )
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