NYC protesters ask U.S. to 'bail out the people'

The Associated PressApril 4, 2009 

Chanting "Whose street? Our street!" hundreds of people rallied on Wall Street on Friday to protest the billions of dollars in federal bailout money to big business.

Monica Moorehead, managing editor of the left-leaning newspaper Workers World, said the crowd gathered to protest the capitalist system which helps AIG and other companies that she said steal money from the public.

The crowd was waving signs reading, "No more money for Wall Street."

The protesters gathered in a steady rain behind police barricades and marched along Broadway and through the narrow streets in downtown Manhattan. They walked past the headquarters of American International Group Inc. and several banks that received federal funds to stay afloat. Some of the companies posted security guards outside their entrances.

The march ended in Foley Square, near the federal courthouse. The crowd planned a second protest today.

Four people were charged with disorderly conduct.

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