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Wall Street Protestors Take Message To The Village

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Roughly a thousand "Occupy Wall Street" protestors marched from Lower Manhattan to Washington Square Park Saturday as they continued to make their case for what they say is a damaged economy caused by corporate greed.

For the past four weeks the group has flooded Zuccotti Park, speaking out against a variety of issues, including unemployment and health care to the banking industry.

As of early Saturday evening, there were no reports of any arrests or confrontations with police.

Some who took part in the march say they hope their overall message becomes more defined.

"It's a little scattered, and there needs to be more of a unified front of what people want, and what they expect to get out of it," said one protestor.

It's not clear how long the protestors planned to stay because unlike their current campground downtown, Washington Square Park officially closes to the public at midnight.

Anyone at the park after then could be arrested.

Meantime, the owner of Zuccotti Park now says sanitation is becoming a problem because the park has not been properly cleaned since the protests began last month.

He says the park is working with the city to address its condition.

Protestors who spoke with NY1 said they have no plans to quit.

"When you start to tell them you're here for jobs, health insurance, the smirk on their face goes away because everybody should have that," said one protester.

"If people listen and just start talking about this stuff, then we will have accomplished something out here," said another.

Actor Tony Danza, a Brooklyn native who came to support the protests, said he appreciated the group's non-violence.

"The police are in a tough spot. They've got to control the crowd, but you know, I think people in America should be allowed to do this kind of gather and protest," said Danza. "You know, I'm from the '60s, I grew up in the '60s when we did this most of the time."

The New York City Police Department says it will accommodate the protests, as long as no laws are broken.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the protest has already cost taxpayers nearly $2 million in overtime.

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