Tim McDevitt
The Epoch Times
March 6, 2009

Activists planned to speak through the night, with some claiming that they would not leave until their demands are heard.

NEW YORK—Spurred by continuing frustration mounting from the recession and proposed city and state budget cuts, an estimated 50,000 people protested outside City Hall on Thursday afternoon in what was called A Rally For New York.

Venting anxieties and frustrations, a diverse range of groups clogged the streets during rush hour. Labor leaders, community groups and families gathered to communicate to city and state leaders that they do not want services cut from budgets, and to urge Gov. David Paterson to find new ways to resolve the state’s budgetary problems, without cutting funds for public services, education and health care.

An alternative to cuts to public services proposed by many protesters is to increase income taxes on New Yorkers earning more than $250,000.

Activists planned to speak through the night, with some claiming that they would not leave until their demands are heard.

Traffic was snarled in all directions, Broadway was closed from Canal to City Hall, the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges were held at a stand still, and all streets around City Hall were backed up.

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