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Supporters streaming into NYC protest site ahead of planned cleanup evacuation
NEW YORK (AP) ' Supporters are streaming into a plaza where protesters who have been camped out for a month planned to resist evacuating so the park could be cleaned.
There is a strong police presence at the site early Friday, with at least 20 police vans and other vehicles lining the street across from the park. Several hundred people are gathered.
The protesters say the planned cleanup at 7 a.m. is merely a pretext to evict them. They've been camped out there for a month in a protest over wealth distribution that has inspired similar demonstrations across the globe.
People in the crowd are holding sings and chanting things "The people united will never be defeated" and "All day, all week, occupy Wall Street."
The crowd is mostly young, but some workers wearing union jackets are there. The protesters say they're preparing for a day of civil disobedience.