On way to Wall Street, confronting a protest

By ADAM GELLER | October 4, 2011 | 5:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The first protesters were just stirring from their sleeping bags when the bankers and lawyers emerged from the subways. But the denizens of Wall Street seemed unperturbed, sympathetic even, to the protesters' demands to change the financial system as we know it.

Mostly, though, after threading their way through nearly three weeks of protests that have spread from a lower Manhattan park to cities around the country, Wall Streeters were confused: What exactly, they asked, do the protesters want?

"They definitely have a right to be here, but they don't seem to have a goal. What is it, to put Wall Street people in jail?" said Michael Devaney, who works in information technology at one of the financial district's many banks.