Protesters converged on Times Square to demonstrate against the policies of the Bush administration, including its handling of the war in Iraq and the treatment of detainees in U.S. custody.
The protest, which began with a noon Wednesday rally in Manhattan's Union Square, was organized by the group "World Can't Wait," which organized other demonstrations around the U.S. on Wednesday.
After the rally, demonstrators marched to Times Square, where they held signs, cheered and chanted and listened to speakers at the midtown Manhattan crossroads.
"Thousands here in New York, and thousands in over 185 places around the country, have walked out of school, taken off of work, and we've started something today," organizer Sunsara Taylor told. "And we are going to step things up and actually force George Bush out of office."
Police said two people were issued summonses for disorderly conduct at 20th Street and 8th Avenue, the AP reports.
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea