Occupy Wall St. Protests: Live Blog


4:44 p.m. ET: ABC News' Gregory J. Krieg reports: "You can always juke the numbers! That's in the fourth season of 'The Wire,'" said Henry Funes, a New York City public school teacher for 24 years, who is a big fan of ["The Wire" creator] David Simon. "He had it right, man. The mayor, Bloomberg, and Joe Klein when he was here? They outsourced everything. We have the money but they're telling us we need to take more cuts."

Funes said that privitization, or the "outsourcing" of work once done by teachers, to private companies, is draining already tenuous school budgets.

"They don't even know these kids," he said of the people who come in to train him. "How are they telling me how to do my work?"

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4:25 p.m. ET: ABC News' Aaron Katersky reports: Here in Foley Square, the demonstrators are streaming in via Broadway. Loudspeakers are up in the middle of the square across from the "Law and Order" courthouse. There's no official count, but the union and activist support has clearly drawn numbers ... Several thousand eyeballing it? All peaceful so far. A lot of signs calling for a tax on Wall Street and expressing feelings of unfairness and economic injustice. "Wall St, can't you see, we want a fair economy" goes one refrain. Heavy police, but so far so good.

4:20 p.m. ET: ABC News' Gregory J. Krieg reports: It's early, but the police seem to have the march under their thumb as it snakes north up Broadway toward Foley Square. The west sidewalk is our pathway and it's guarded on the street side by cops and hundreds of metal barriers. Car traffic is passing by without bother. Tame for now. We'll see what happens when we rendezvous with the unions in a bit. People are excited and saying that the Teamsters have "signed on," but no one seems sure what that would mean, if anything, for today's rally.

3:54 p.m. ET: ABC News' Gregory J. Krieg reports: Nick Long might be the most popular guy in Zuccotti Park. He's the man with the tobacco. It's free cigarettes - some hand rolled, more from a dwindling carton of Marlboro Reds - for anyone who comes to his well-stocked "Nick @ Nite" booth. Long estimates that he's given out 15,000 in the past nine days. After the Saturday protest on the Brooklyn Bridge, he said, "Everyone came right here. They needed a smoke after that!"

3:37 p.m. ET: ABC News' Gregory J. Krieg reports: In his khakis, brown shoes, and windbreaker, Carl Schuring came down here for a look on his lunch break. He's a Ron Paul supporter and considers himself more of a Tea Party guy.

"But a lot of the things they say here: about the bailouts and the 99 percent? That's what we were saying during the early [Tea Party] meet-up groups."

He scanned the crowd again.

"I don't think we'd have too many of the same answers to this stuff, but I'm glad they're out here, even if nothing happens."

3:21 p.m. ET: ABC News' Gregory J. Krieg reports: Zuccotti Park is now filled to the brim. Not quite confusion, but most people are either feverishly rushing around or waiting. There's a drum beat coming from the east side of the park. Every time it picks up, the protesters start chattering. It's like we're waiting for the band to come on.

Now instructions are being announced about the march (about to begin) and what to do if you're arrested (there's a phone number). The directions are being given by one person, who speaks in short bursts. The words are then repeated down the line, like a game of telephone.

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