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Occupy Wall Street protesters react

Protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement rally in Foley Square before marching though Lower Manhattan on Oct. 5, 2011 in New York City.

Jeremy Hobson: To New York City, where officials this morning decided to postpone a temporary eviction of the protestors in Zuccotti Park near Wall Street. The park has been occupied for about three weeks and authorities wanted to clear the park this morning so they could clean it. But minutes before the potential confrontation, authorities decided to postpone the cleaning.

Marketplace's Alisa Roth reports from Zuccotti Park.


Alisa Roth: City officials had told protesters that after the protest, they wouldn't allow sleeping bags or tarps -- which protesters interpreted as an attempt to close down the protest.

This is Jessica Roff. She works in a coffee shop, and is hoping to open her own. She's carrying a sign that says "We're too big to fail."

Jessica Roff: I think it's a great short term victory. I don't think it's time to rest on our laurels. I think that clearly there's a movement afoot to break up this movement and so we'll see what the next steps are.

Nobody knows what's going to happen next. There are still plenty of people camped out in the park, including some who are lying on sleeping bags and tarps.

Another protestors, Dan Taeyoung, says he thinks that this crisis just shows how much support the movement has.

Dan Taeyoung: In terms of that it's a good show of solidarity for what the support is, or how much support there is, and so on and so forth.

There are still a lot of police around the park. I've heard several reports from organizers that riot police were on their way. But so far none have shown up.

At Zuccotti Park, I'm Alisa Roth for Marketplace.

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