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Occupy Wall Street protesters clean Zuccotti Park encampment

Update 06:28 a.m. ET: New York's Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway confirmed that the owners of Zuccotti Park had postponed their planned cleaning operation. 

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Occupy Wall Street protesters clean Zuccotti Park near Wall Street in New York on October 13. Protesters from the movement spent the night cleaning Zuccotti Park following Mayor Bloomberg's demand that the demonstrartors leave the park for city officials to clean it.

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Two occupiers kiss during a clean-up of Zuccotti Park on October 13.

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A protester cleans Zuccotti Park on October 13.

msnbc.com news services report from NEW YORK:

Protesters with the Occupy Wall Street movement launched a cleanup effort in Zuccotti Park on Thursday afternoon, with protesters urging each other to "pick up a broom, pick up trash," The New York Times reported.

A source told NBC News' Michelle Franzen that protesters were hoping the cleanup effort would be enough to allow them to stay in the park, but demonstrators were prepared to hold their ground if they were told to leave.

Owner Brookfield Office Properties plans to clean the park where several hundred protesters have been sleeping on Friday, a move that demonstrators believe is a ploy to remove them. Read the full story.

See a 360 degree view of the protesters' encampment and more coverage of demonstrations across the country on PhotoBlog.