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NEW YORK (AP) - About 100 members of Occupy Wall Street returned Tuesday to the small plaza near the New York Stock Exchange that once teemed with thousands of people protesting financial inequality, marking the second anniversary of their movement's beginnings.
Small groups of protesters marched around the streets near Zuccotti Park in the morning, while another march to Washington Square Park clogged sidewalks in the early afternoon. The protesters were scattered in smaller groups around New York City.
An "assembly for the 99 percent" was held in the afternoon at Zuccotti, a nod to the massive general assembly meetings that were held on a daily basis in the park at the height of the movement.
"We're still out here fighting for economic justice. The bankers still have all the power," protester Linnea Paton said. "They've bought our government and we need a people's movement to do that, and the movement is still here."
But the movement has splintered since Mayor Michael Bloomberg had police raid the park and break up the encampment in November 2011. Without leaders or specific demands, Occupy turned into an amorphous protest against everything wrong with the world.
Occupy was perhaps at its most effective in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, when organizers played a leading role in grassroots disaster relief across the city. They organized donation hubs, delivered food and medications to elderly storm victims and helped people repair their homes, among other volunteer efforts.
"We're here to celebrate two years: We're still here, still fighting, still strong," protester Sumumba Sobukwe told a small crowd gathered on the steps leading into the park. "And we're still Occupy."