NEW YORK – Hundreds of anti-Wall Street protesters held a “Millionaires March” on Tuesday past the homes of some of America’s wealthiest executives, stopping to jeer “Tax the rich!” and “Where’s my bailout?”

Walking two by two on the sidewalk because they had no march permit and didn’t want to be charged with blocking traffic, members of the Occupy Wall Street movement and other groups made their way up Manhattan’s East Side, along streets like Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue where some of the richest 1 percent of the population live.

Outside buildings where media mogul Rupert Murdoch, banker Jamie Dimon and oil tycoon David Koch have homes, they decried the impending expiration of New York’s 2 percent “millionaires’ tax” in December.

“I have nothing against these people personally. I just think they should pay their fair share of taxes,” said Michael Pollack, an office worker in a law firm. He held up a sign with a saying attributed to department store founder Edward Filene, “Why shouldn’t the American people take half my money from me? I took all of it from them.”

Since Sept. 17, protesters have besieged Zuccotti Park, in lower Manhattan near Wall Street, denouncing corporate greed and the gap between rich and poor. The uptown march marked the first time that Occupy Wall Street has identified specific people as being part of the 1 percent the demonstrators say are getting rich at the expense of the rest of America.

At Park Avenue and East 93rd Street, protesters stopped in front of a building where they said Dimon, JPMorgan Chase’s chairman and CEO, has an apartment. Marchers screamed, “Where’s our bailout?” and “How do we end this deficit? End the war, tax the rich!”

JPMorgan was among the banks to receive a federal bailout, money it has since repaid.

Dimon got supportive words Monday from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is himself a billionaire executive but whose East Side townhouse was not on the protesters’ list of targets.

Dimon has “brought more business to this city than maybe any other banker in (the) modern day. … Jamie Dimon’s an honorable person working very hard. He pays his taxes,” the mayor said.

Marcher Bahran Admadi, a former taxi driver and art dealer who is now unemployed, said he has “nothing personal” against the rich. “But some of them take people’s blood,” he said. “Everything goes up the ladder while we work harder and harder.”

Outside one building, protesters put a giant replica of a check against the door. It was made out to “The top one percent” for $5 billion — the size of the impending state tax cut for New Yorkers making $250,000 and more.

There were no immediate reports of any arrests.

The Occupy Wall Street protests in Manhattan have spread to Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle and Los Angeles. Republicans accuse the demonstrators of waging “class war,” and President Obama says he understands their frustrations.

In Washington, six people were arrested Tuesday for demonstrating inside a Senate office building. More than 125 protesters in Boston were arrested overnight after they ignored warnings to move from a green space where a conservation group recently planted $150,000 worth of shrubs, police said.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.