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NEW YORK (AP) Four demonstrators have been arrested outside of the Verizon headquarters building in lower Manhattan.

The four briefly stopped traffic on the West Side Highway holding a banner that read, "Verizon Stop Tax Dodging."

Protesters said the demonstration was part of a larger week of action taking place in cities around the U.S. to protest corporate tax evasion. Participants said they hoped to call attention to corporate greed and put pressure on members of Congress to act in favor of poor and middle-class Americans rather than large corporations.

Representatives from Verizon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Other companies targeted include Bank of America, GE and Macy's.