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Suspicious Mailings Target "Banks," "Bosses" and "Pigs" for May 1 Day of Protests

The News Corp. building got two similar letters Tuesday

By Shimon Prokupecz and Jonathan Dienst
|  Tuesday, May 1, 2012  |  Updated 12:57 PM EDT
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Suspicious Mailing to Bank Hints at May 1 Day of Action

Several banks in New York City received suspicious mailings on Monday, at least one of which contained the message "welcome to May 1st," ahead of nationwide protests planned by Occupy Wall Street groups, NBC 4 New York has learned.
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The News Corp. building has received two suspicious letters similar to mailings sent to the mayor and financial institutions that contained a tirade against "banks," "bosses" and "pigs" ahead of May 1 Occupy Wall Street protests, NBC 4 New York has learned.

The FBI and NYPD were investigating the letters on Tuesday, which came after eight mailings were received by banks and Mayor Bloomberg a day earlier. All the initial letters were found to be harmless, and four contained the message referring to May 1 protests, sources said.

"This is a reminder that you are not in control," the message began, before using several expletives against "banks," "bosses" and "pigs."

"Happy May Day," the letter said.

It was not immediately clear whether the letters sent to News Corp. contained notes. Authorities were investigating a third letter on Tuesday that was received by Citicorp.

The letter to Bloomberg had no note, just two pieces of folded paper that contained powder. It did not make it to City Hall but was delivered to another location where the mayor's office mail is sorted.

The day of protests Tuesday is intended to disrupt commerce, organizers say. Several hundred people gathered at various bank offices in midtown, as well as Fox headquarters on Sixth Avenue.

News Corp. did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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