More than 700 people were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday evening during a march by anti-Wall Street protesters who have been occupying a downtown Manhattan square for two weeks.
During the afternoon a long line of protesters numbering several thousand snaked through the streets towards the landmark bridge across the East River with the aim of ending at a Brooklyn park.
However, during the march across the bridge groups of protesters sat down or strayed into the road from the pedestrian pathway. They were then arrested in large numbers by officers who were part of a heavy police presence shepherding the march along its path.
At one stage 500 protesters were blocked off by police on the bridge. At least one journalist, freelancer Natasha Lennard for the New York Times, was among those arrested.
Is anyone shocked by this? It will be interesting to see what happens as more people show up.
New York Times(!) has great coverage here. It appears police may have inadvertently (at best) or purposefully (at worst) led some of the marchers from the walk bridge to where they were arrested. Several reports have Tony Bologna as one of the officers who was walking ahead of marchers. Here’s one photo that appears to show him talking with officers watching over several handcuffed protesters on the bridge.
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Occupy Wall Street: march on Police Plaza – live
The Occupy Wall Street demonstrators are planning to march on the New York police department headquarters in protest at last week’s pepper-spray controversy. Paul Harris (PH) and Adam Gabbatt (AG) are there
This one was posted on Twitter by one of the protesters. Do police have the ability to cope with such crowds?
PH: The police presence so far as the march prepares to start seems very hands off. Police focused on keeping traffic moving around square and not harassing protesters. The clash between unsmiling officers and some of the more “colourful” protesters is always a sight to behold though.
Wednesday, October 5 · 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Gather at City Hall, 250 Broadway
Union workers and community members impacted by the economic crisis have been demanding that Wall Street and the wealthiest New Yorker’s pay their fair share of taxes.
Let’s march down to Wall Street to welcome the protesters and show the faces of New Yorkers hardest hit by corporate greed.
Strong Economy for All Coalition
Working Families Party,
Community Voices Heard
Alliance for Quality Education
New York Communities for Change
Coalition for the Homeless
Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP)
TWU Local 100
The Job Party
Coalition for Educational Justice
[Image: a protester holds a cardboard sign that says “NYPD is only a layoff away from joining us!!!” Next to him are two police officers, one is discreetly peeking at the sign, the other looks in the other direction looking somewhat discomforted.]
Occupy Wall Street - Police Arrive & Arrest, September 24
These are a few pictures I’ve grabbed from twitter. This all happened an hour before this post.
What’s tragic about all of this is that it’s not happening in the Middle East or Europe - it’s right in our country. Peaceful protesters are being harassed by the local police. They’ve been arrested, pushed, and even told not to use umbrellas because of a “fire hazard.”
A protest initially highlighting the greed of banks turns into a display of irresponsibility by local police forces.
Please pray for the protesters and support them in any way possible.
…Oh good. Something stupid is happening.
i just realized that my aunt might be out there right now…i should call her.