Michael Kink, executive director of the Strong Economy for All Coalition, shared his experience of being inside the New York Stock Exchange while protesters outside tried to shut it down.
“Occupy Wall Street” protesters on Thursday had hoped to prevent financial workers from reaching their offices, but police barricaded the narrow streets around Wall Street ahead of time. The New York Stock Exchange opened on time and operated normally.
But Kink said those inside the New York Stock Exchange were still affected by the demonstration.
“The traders, the people on the floor clearly felt the Occupy’s shut down this morning,” he explained on Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
As the protest eventually made its way to Foley Park, there were an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 people in the crowd. The demonstration then made its way to the Brooklyn Bridge, and had grown even larger.
“Foley Square was wildly diverse, and I think folks are gonna take that back to their neighborhoods,” Kink said. “There are bridges being built here that I think are going to last, and there’s no way this movement is going to stop. It’s going to continue until real change comes to the country.”
At least 300 people were arrested during the protest, according to the Associated Press.
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