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Dozens hold noisy protest near NYC mayor's home

NEW YORK -- Occupy Wall Street demonstrators banged drums, cowbells and upturned frying pans Sunday in a noisy protest near the Manhattan town house of Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The protesters said they were angered by Bloomberg's decision to roust occupiers from their encampment downtown at Zuccotti Park on Tuesday as well as by arrests of journalists trying to cover the day's events.

"I think Bloomberg has no respect for the First Amendment rights of New Yorkers," said demonstrator Gayle Price, who carried a sign that had feathers glued to it and said, "Got tar?"

Protesters had hoped to drum in front of the billionaire mayor's Upper East Side residence, but police directed them to a pen nearby on the Central Park side of Fifth Avenue.

Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser said protests outside the mayor's home are "nothing new." He added, "We work hard to guarantee that anyone can express their views in any area of the city, as long as they do it legally and do not infringe on the rights of others."

-- Associated Press


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