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OWS Plans to Shut Down Stock Exchange to Mark Two-Month Anniversary

By Ben Fractenberg | November 14, 2011 12:19pm | Updated on November 14, 2011 1:08pm

DOWNTOWN — Occupy Wall Street is planning to mark its two month anniversary on Thursday by shutting down the New York Stock Exchange and other parts of Wall Street, according to a website run by the protest movement.

The group is planning to "ring in the people's bell" and hold street carnivals in neighborhoods downtown, the group's Facebook page said.

Calls to OWS representatives were not immediately returned, but the group's official calendar includes a "Day of Action" on Nov. 17 from 6 a.m. to noon.

The group moved into Zuccotti park on Sept. 17, and set up an encampment that has inspired movements across the country.

It is unclear exactly how protesters plan to shut down the Stock Exchange. Police have used barricades to prevent protesters from getting onto Wall Street, but the group listed subway stations around Wall Street, including the Fulton Street transit hub and the Rector Street R train stop, as meeting points.

"For too long, Wall Street has crushed our communities in its blind pursuit of profit," read a message on the group's Facebook page.

"But our numbers and our relationships are more powerful than their money. Join Occupy Wall Street and 99%ers from across the country as we shut down the stock market by throwing ...a block party the 1% will never forget."

The event will culminate in a labor rally and march at Foley Square.

The rally and march are being co-organized by more than a dozen union and community groups, Crain's New York reported. The march, which is scheduled to cross the Brooklyn Bridge where 700 protesters were arrested in early October, will reportedly focus on economic issues, like extending taxes on millionaires.

There will reportedly be rallies in about 30 other cities in solidarity with Thursday's events.

The New York Stock Exchange declined to comment on the action.