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Occupy Toronto protesters gather downtown

A small number of demonstrators gather in downtown as part of the ongoing Occupy Toronto protests.
Occupy Toronto protesters have set up a tent city in St. James Park in downtown Toronto. (Trevor Dunn/CBC)

A small number of demonstrators gathered in downtown Tuesday afternoon as part of the ongoing Occupy Toronto protests.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m. the group — some holding signs — began to assemble near King and Bay Streets.

The small protest comes after Occupy Toronto actions on Monday, when a group of about 100 people brought traffic to a halt at Yonge and Dundas streets during rush hour.

TTC streetcars were allowed to pass but drivers were stuck in traffic for an hour. It was one of a number of marches and demonstrations of various sizes held Monday as part of the Occupy movement.

The Canadian Occupy groups involved in the protests take their inspiration from the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has been staging protests in New York for more than a month. The movement is driven by a handful of different issues, including addressing corporate greed and economic disparity.

The CBC’s Trevor Dunn visited the demonstrators’ tent camp in downtown Toronto on Tuesday morning, which was first set up at St. James Park on Friday.

Demonstrators' camp draws mixed reaction

Dunn said the grouping of tents at St. James Park, which is located at the corner of Church and King streets, is drawing a mixed reaction from people in the neighbourhood.

Trisha Waldron told CBC News she likes her new neighbours.

"I just think it’s kind of cool," she said. "I appreciate that people have the courage of their convictions ... It’s nice to see action here."

Not everyone is happy to have the protesters there, however. One driver passing the park early Tuesday honked his horn repeatedly.

"Protesters thought it was in support, then the driver circled and honked again and again. It wasn’t in support; it was a wakeup call at 6 a.m." Dunn reported.

Police officers were at the park Tuesday morning on their bikes ready to lead today’s march. Dunn asked police why no tickets were issued or arrests made in response to protesters blocking traffic in Monday's actions.

"One sergeant tells me it wouldn’t really do any good to hand out 100 tickets or arrest everybody," Dunn reported.  "Police say they want to work with the protesters, make sure the marches are peaceful and so far, they have been."