LIers help spread message of Occupy Wall Street

MANHATTAN - Many Long Islanders were among the thousands of protesters who swarmed Lower Manhattan today for Occupy Wall Street's two-month anniversary, contending that they are driven by frustration with the economy.

Charlene Obernauer, of Stony Point, says the umbrella message that unites the participants of the movement is the need to eradicate economic inequality.

"If we all come out here together, maybe we could see some of the changes that we're really hoping to see," she says.

Obernauer says she's been to Zuccotti Park a dozen times since the movement began in September, and admits that she has seen both the protesters and police get violent. However, she says most of the rallies have been peaceful.

This evening, the protesters are planning to wrap up the Day of Action by marching across the Brooklyn Bridge. Police say if anyone attempts to obstruct traffic, they will first be given a warning, and then arrested.

For Chopper 12 footage from Occupy Wall Street rallies in Lower Manhattan, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.

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