NEW YORK (The Blaze/AP) -- Two days after the encampment that sparked the global Occupy movement was cleared by authorities, demonstrators in New York City and around the country were promising mass gatherings Thursday in support of the cause.
The day of action had been planned before the city and park owners cracked down on the encampment in Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, but took on added importance to the protesters after tents, tarps and sleeping bags were cleared out early Tuesday and the granite plaza was cleaned for the first time since the group arrived more than two months ago.
"We will get boots on the ground again," said Rory Simpson, 29, who described himself as an itinerant activist as he made signs Wednesday evening. "This is not over yet."
NBC New York reports:
OWS organizers announced the Day of Action on the Occupy Wall Street web site. It calls for protests throughout the city, beginning outside the New York Stock Exchange at 7 a.m., hitting 16 subway stations and transit hubs in all five bureaus at 3 p.m., ending with a protest outside of City Hall at 5 p.m.
Here's a video that's been put together to promote today's event:
Police will be on hand and transit officials were preparing to deal with a crush of people as part of the protest billed as a national day of action. The group announced that it would then fan out across Manhattan and head to subways, before gathering downtown and marching over the Brooklyn bridge. "Resist austerity. Rebuild the economy. Reclaim our democracy," the group wrote in a news release.
CNN has more:
Occupy Wall Street protesters say they want Thursday to be a day of non-violent protests, although it comes a day after a demonstrator was arrested for making violent threats.
Nkrumah Tinsley, 29, was arrested for making terrorist threats and aggravated harassment on Wednesday evening in Zuccotti Park, where the movement was based, New York City police said.
The group wrote the following on its web site:
The occupation that began on the 17th of September in Zuccotti Park has proven that we still have a chance, as human beings, to unite and reform these corrupt structures, to cleanse our Government and restore our dignity. We will allow no rest and tranquility in our world until we finally achieve what we are dreaming of in our hearts. We will not stop until justice is restored, until democracy is recovered from behind the veil of political discourse, until the 99% are once again made rightful sovereign of their future, until the shadow of Wall Street is stripped of its darkness and its power. We will not stop moving forward until bankers and governments are held accountable for their crimes, until they respect every basic human right they trample on.
Similar protests were planned around the county. New York City officials said they had not spoken to demonstrators but were aware of the plans.
"The protesters are calling for a massive event aimed at disrupting major parts of the city," Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson said. "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 hundred people.
The full schedule of the New York City protest is published on the Occupy web site.