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Protest Disrupts Bloomberg's Economy Speech

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

About 100 protesters surged uninvited into a Midtown hotel ballroom, and interrupted a speech by Mayor Bloomberg on the future of the city's economy. The mayor was the keynote speaker at a business forum that largely promoted the optimistic view that New York's economy would rebound. The protesters say the views of the working poor should be included in the discussion.

The mayor stopped speaking for about three minutes, while police and security guards pulled the demonstrators from the Grand Hyatt ballroom. Later, he told reporters that the city needs successful businesses and wealthy people to generate money to help the poor.

Video by Annie Shreffler

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