New York: Occupy
protesters took to the streets across America, from Miami to Los
Angeles to Portland as thousands of original Occupy Wall Street
demonstrators deluged New York marking two months of their
Scores were arrested in New York Thursday, and several police
officers were reported injured, as protesters fanned out across
the city heading toward Foley Square in lower Manhattan and the
By early Thursday evening, people were crossing the bridge - the
same place where more than 700 had been arrested last month
-chanting, "This is what democracy looks like - This is what
America look like," according to the New York movement's official
Twitter feed. This time, they marched in the pedestrian walkway,
not blocking the roadway.
The group twice squared off against riot police in Zuccotti Park,
where they'd been evicted two days earlier, CNN reported. They had
also engaged in several confrontations with police, leading to
scores of arrests.
That includes 99 Occupy Wall Street protesters taken into custody
early Thursday evening, CNN said citing a police officer hours
after protest organizers said 99 people were prepared to sit down
in a street and be arrested.
This figure is symbolic, since activists purport to represent the
interests of 99 percent of the population, as opposed to the
wealthiest 1 percent.
This figure is an addition to at least 177 people who Police
Commissioner Ray Kelly said had been arrested during a late
afternoon press conference. He also noted then that seven police
officers were hurt during exchanges with protesters.
Authorities constructed barricades at Zuccotti Park, in front of
the New York Stock Exchange and along Fifth Avenue in an apparent
attempt to keep demonstrators off the roads and on pedestrian
Earlier in the day, protesters lifted metal barricades that ringed
Zuccotti Park, a former home-base for the movement, defying
authorities and blocking traffic.