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.
The mayor and several banks in New York City have received suspicious mailings, four of which contained a tirade against "banks," "bosses" and "pigs" ahead of nationwide protests planned by Occupy Wall Street groups, NBC 4 New York has learned.
Officials said letters were sent to eight addresses in New York City, including several Wells Fargo bank branches, and one to Mayor Bloomberg. All were found to be harmless, and four contained the note referring to Tuesday, 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.
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 mailings are being investigated by NYPD and FBI. Authorities are monitoring for more on Tuesday, when the day of protests is intended to disrupt commerce, organizers say.
The New York City events include picketing, a march from Bryant Park to Union Square and other "creative disruptions against the corporations who rule our city."
Organizers have called for protesters to block one or more bridges or tunnels connecting Manhattan to New Jersey and other parts of the city.
The Occupy movement began in September with a small camp in lower Manhattan that quickly grew to include hundreds of protesters using the tent city as their home base. More than 700 people were arrested Oct. 1 as they tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge.
The city broke the camp up in November, citing sanitary and other concerns, but the movement has held smaller events and protests periodically since then.
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