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    WILLIAMS: Good evening.

    BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: Tonight, from New York west to Chicago and St. Louis and beyond, members of the protest movement that started under the banner Occupy Wall Street are on the move. This is the two-month anniversary of the birth of the movement, and this was billed as a day of action. It started in New York with thousands on the move and police right behind them. We begin with this still unfolding story tonight. NBC 's Mike Taibbi in Lower Manhattan . Hey, Mike , good evening.

    MIKE TAIBBI reporting: Good evening, Brian . You know, the Occupy Wall Street movement had promised huge crowds for its day of action, and that prediction finally looked realistic a short time ago. Now, some 5,000 protesters, union members and supporters are gathered in Foley Square , that's near New York City Hall and all the city's federal buildings. Before that, much smaller crowds and the police in complete control even when tempers flared. There were confrontations that resulted in injuries and scores of arrests in Lower Manhattan . The police from daybreak on keeping protesters on the sidewalks, out of the streets and away from announced or expected targets like the New York Stock Exchange .

    Crowd: NYPD blue, they will take your pension, too.

    TAIBBI: Protest spokesmen had said that at the very least they would disrupt or delay the opening bell.

    Unidentified Man #1: We're frustrated, we're angry and they can't just go about business as usual.

    TAIBBI: But the bell did ring on time and as usual, and in the streets outside it was clear even some supporters were losing patience with the drawn out Occupy phenomenon and its impact on the neighborhood.

    Unidentified Man #2: Yeah, I was supposed to be to work at 8:30, and it's taken me over an hour.

    TAIBBI: Others aimed derisive signs at the protesters, or simply shouted.

    Unidentified Man #3: Go out and get a job.

    TAIBBI: Overnight Occupy movement tent cities were dismantled in Dallas and in Berkeley .

    Unidentified Man #4: Every time we set up, the police are going to trample on our First Amendment rights , and we're going to come back and say we're not going to have rights abridged.

    TAIBBI: And by day the protests and sporadic arrests did continue in Portland , Oregon ...

    Unidentified Man #5: We need good jobs, not cuts.

    TAIBBI: ...in Los Angeles , Albany and Las Vegas .

    Unidentified Man #6: We' want to send a message to the 1 percent that the 99 percent aren't going to take it anymore.

    Unidentified Man #7: What's the solution?

    Crowd: Revolution!

    TAIBBI: But they've been saying the same thing for two months. And without a list of demands or a concrete plan, how much support does the movement have now?

    Unidentified Man #8: We want to stimulate the economy. We want these people out of our parks and our city. The fight is in the wrong place.

    TAIBBI: And so far there've been about 200 arrests and there will be more if the protesters who amassed outside the Brooklyn Bridge on the Manhattan side try to cross that bridge and disrupt rush hour. So far that hasn't happened.

    Brian: Mike Taibbi in a wild night in Lower Manhattan . Mike , thanks.

    WILLIAMS:

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  1. An Occupy Wall Street protestor is grabbed by police as he tries to escape a scuffle in Zuccotti Park, Thursday, Nov. 17, in New York. (John Minchillo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Police force a protester to the ground as people watch in downtown Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday. (Frederic J. Brown / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Protesters burn a dollar bill and bank deposit envelopes outside a Bank of America office in Portland, Ore., Thursday. Several hundred protesters marched through downtown, stopping at banks along the way. (Don Ryan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Occupy Wall Street protesters and union members walk across the Brooklyn Bridge after a rally in Foley Square, Thursday night in New York. (Henny Ray Abrams / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Occupy Wall Street supporters carry a puppet of the Statue of Liberty accross the Brooklyn Bridge during a protest march on Thursday night in New York. (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. A protester is arrested by Los Angeles Police Department officers after he attempted to join a group of Occupy LA demonstrators who were in a park in front of the Bank of America building on Thursday in downtown Los Angeles, Calif. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. A protester battles with three Los Angeles Police Department officers as he is arrested during an Occupy LA protest on Thursday. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Additional police are called to the scene as protesters march through downtown Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday. (Frederic J. Brown / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Members of Occupy Boston march during a demonstration in what organizers called a 'day of action' in Boston, Mass., on Thursday night. (Adam Hunger / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Occupy Wall street demonstrators protest on the streets of lower Manhattan near the New York Stock Exchange on Nov. 17. Picture taken with a fish eye lens. (Mike Segar / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Occupy Wall street demonstrators protest on the streets of lower Manhattan near the New York Stock Exchange. The movement against economic inequality hoped the day of protests would attract tens of thousands of people. (Mike Segar / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. A man who identifed himself as Brendan Watts is seen with blood on his face while surrounded by three police officers in Zuccotti Park on Nov. 17, in New York City. A fight broke out between protestors affiliated with Occupy Wall Street and police, in which Watts was injured. (Andrew Burton / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Workers at a bank watch as protesters march by during a day of action by the Occupy Wall Street movement in Lower Manhattan in New York City on Nov, 17, 2011. (Justin Lane / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Occupy Wall Street protesters march a few blocks away from the New York Stock Exchange on Nov. 17, 2011 in New York City. The protesters attempted to shut down the New York Stock Exchange today, blocking roads and tying up traffic in Lower Manhattan. (Mario Tama / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Police use baton sticks to push Occupy Wall Street protesters back onto the sidewalk in the Financial District on Nov. 17, 2011 in New York City. (Andrew Burton / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Protesters dance on top of police barricades after they took them down from around Zuccotti Park in New York City on Nov. 17, 2011. (Justin Lane / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. A protester with Occupy Wall Street is arrested by police a few blocks away from the New York Stock Exchange on Nov. 17, 2011 in New York City. (Mario Tama / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. A person holds up a broken handcuff during protests near the New York Stock Exchange and Wall Street in New York City on Nov. 17, 2011. (Justin Lane / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Molly Redfield, left, of Syracuse, N.Y. and other protesters with the Occupy Wall Street movement chant slogans as they ride the E train downtown to the Wall Street station on Nov. 17, 2011 in New York. (Mary Altaffer / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Teachers join an Occupy DC demonstration in Washington, DC, on Nov. 17. (Jewel Samad / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Protesters march in downtown Portland, Ore. on Nov. 17, 2011, during a planned nationwide protest marking two months since the Occupy Wall Street movement began. (Rick Bowmer / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. A spectator takes photos as protesters march along the street during a rally in Los Angeles, on Nov. 17, 2011. Demonstrations are taking place across the country, two months after the start of the Occupy Wall Street movement. (Jae C. Hong / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Tents of the Occupy London Stock Exchange encampment are seen outside St. Paul's Cathedral in London Nov. 17. Officials attached legal notices to the tents of anti-capitalist protesters in London's financial district on November 16, giving them 24 hours to end a demonstration that has shaken the Church of England and upset senior politicians. (Suzanne Plunkett / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Occupy protesters hold a minute's 'silent scream' to mark the 18.00 GMT deadline for their eviction outside St.Paul's Cathedral in London on Nov. 17. Protesters have been told they had until 6 p.m. to leave their camp outside St.Paul's. But they are refusing to leave and have will now fight their battle in the courts. A City of London Corporation notice told Occupy London Stock Exchange activists to clear the 'public highway' by the evening. Protesters say they have "no intention" of leaving and many notices have been ripped off the tents. (Andy Rain / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
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