Published: Oct 05, 2011 4:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) - Organizers of the protests in lower Manhattan have sought a permit to gather in a plaza encircled by courthouses and are planning for at least 2,000 people to march.
    
Police say the group that has been camped out for weeks around Wall Street is planning a rally at Foley Square and sought permission to use microphones.
    
Authorities say they realize there may be more people coming and are prepared to facilitate the march. That could mean allowing some on to the streets.
    
But if protesters purposely try to block traffic in Manhattan they may be arrested.
    
Last week 700 demonstrators who spilled onto the road at the Brooklyn Bridge despite police warnings were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct.

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