NEW YORK — Chanting and cheering down Wall Street on Saturday to mark six months since the birth of the Occupy movement, some protesters applauded Goldman Sachs manager Greg Smith, who days ago gave the firm a public drubbing, echoing the movement's indictment of a financial system demonstrators say is fueled by reckless greed.
"I kind of like to think that the Occupy movement helped him to say, 'Yeah, I really can't do this anymore,' " retired librarian Connie Bartusis said of the op-ed piece by Smith, who claimed the company regularly foisted failing products on clients as it sought to make more money.
On Saturday, six months after the protesters first took over Zuccotti Park near the city's financial district, the protesters gathered there again, drawing slogans in chalk on the pavement and waving flags as they marched through lower Manhattan. With the barricades that once blocked them from Wall Street now removed, the protesters streamed down the sidewalk and covered the steps of the Federal Hall National Memorial. There, they danced and chanted, "We are unstoppable." Police say arrests had been made, but did not have details.