Folk Legends Join Wall Street Protest March

Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie walked to the chant of 'We are the 99 percent,' and 'We are unstoppable; another world is possible'.

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Folk music legend Pete Seeger and '60s folk singer Arlo Guthrie joined Occupy Wall Street demonstrators Friday in their campaign against corporate greed.

The 92-year-old Seeger, accompanied by his musician-grandson Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, composer David Amram and bluesman Guy Davis, shouted out the verses of protest anthems as the crowd of about 1,000 people sang and chanted as they marched peacefully to Columbus Circle.

WHERE HAVE ALL THE BANKERS GONE? Pete Seeger, center, with Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York on Friday.Credit: AP

At Columbus Circle, Seeger and friends walked to the chant of "We are the 99 percent," and "We are unstoppable; another world is possible." At the center of the plaza, Seeger and Amram were joined by Guthrie - the son of Woody Guthrie - in a round of "We Shall Overcome," the protest anthem made popular by Seeger.

Occupy Wall Street began a month ago in lower Manhattan among a few young people, and has grown to tens of thousands around the world.

But the encampment at Zuccotti Park has become more than a tolerable nuisance, some neighborhood residents say.

At a meeting Thursday, they complained of protesters urinating in the streets and beating drums in the middle of the night. Some called for the protesters to vacate the park.

Asked about Occupy Wall Street on Friday, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg said the protesters' leaderless structure has made it difficult to negotiate with them.



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