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PORTSIDE  September 2011, Week 3

PORTSIDE September 2011, Week 3

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Wall Street Protests Continue, With at Least 6 Arrested

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Wall Street Protests Continue, With at Least 6 Arrested

By COLIN MOYNIHAN 

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/19/wall-street-protests-continue-with-at-least-5-arrested/?emc=eta1

Photographs by Robert Stolarik for The New York Times
An officer reaching for a man who was later arrested at
the protests in the financial district Monday morning.
See a slide show of arrest sequence below.

Updated, 5:22 p.m. | In a continuation of the
demonstrations that began on Saturday, nearly 200
protesters marched along Wall Street and other parts of
the financial district Monday morning, brandishing
American flags and signs denouncing the economic
system. At least six of them were arrested.

Office workers heading to their desks passed the
protesters on the sidewalks with little incident. At
times, the two groups squeezed shoulder to shoulder
through narrow passages formed by metal police
barricades.

The first three arrests came on Pine Street, when a
police lieutenant ordered that two men wearing ski
masks be taken into custody. Officers then arrested a
woman wearing a plastic mask on the back of her head.

The next arrest came a few minutes later on when a
deputy inspector standing on Wall Street ordered a man
wearing an orange hat to keep moving. The man, who had
turned around in a crowded sidewalk just west of Broad
Street, spoke to the inspector for a moment, then
lifted his hands and said that he was having difficulty
moving.

At that, the inspector reached over a curbside
barricade, grabbed the man and tried to haul him from
the sidewalk onto the street. As the man backed away,
the inspector lunged forward, holding onto the man and
toppling the metal barricade. The inspector fell to the
sidewalk and a moment later the man in the orange hat
was also on the ground, being handcuffed.

The police confirmed that three men and a woman were
arrested under provisions that make it illegal for two
or more individuals to wear masks.

Another man was arrested, and the police initially said
he was charged with jumping a police barrier and
resisting arrest. But a reporter and a photographer for
The Times who witnessed and documented the episode
between the man in the orange hat and the police did
not see him attempting to jump a barrier. Late in the
afternoon, the police said the man was charged with
committing disorderly conduct by impeding pedestrian
traffic, not with jumping a barrier.

Another woman was arrested around 11:45 a.m. as she was
writing in chalk on the sidewalk on Broadway near
Zuccotti Park. "They just came up and grabbed her,"
said Jessica Davis, 19, who identified the arrested
woman as Andrea Osborne. The police confirmed a sixth
arrest, of a woman, on graffiti charges.

On Saturday, two people were arrested as they tried to
enter the building housing the Bank of America while
wearing masks, said Paul J. Browne, the chief police
spokesman. Those arrested came from several states,
including Massachusetts, Michigan, Virginia, New Jersey
and Washington State, Mr. Browne said. One person
arrested was from Manhattan.

It was the third day of anticorporate protests that
were promoted by a range of groups including
AdbustersMedia Foundation, an advocacy group based in
Canada, as well as a New York City group that called
itself the General Assembly. Participants said that the
demonstrations were meant to criticize a financial
system that unfairly benefits corporations and the rich
and undermines democracy.

Organizers said that the protests were inspired by
demonstrations in Egypt and Spain and could continue
for weeks or even months.

For two nights, protesters have used Zuccotti Park,
near Broadway and Maiden Lane, as a staging ground.
Hundreds of people gathered there for mass meetings to
discuss and plan their actions. They used granite
benches inside the park as pantry shelves, piling jars
of peanut butter, and bags of apples there along with
jumbo-size cardboard containers of coffee.

For two nights, the park was turned into a campsite.
Protesters slept wrapped in blankets and sleeping bags,
partly insulated from the chilly ground by pieces of
cardboard scavenged from nearby stores. Signs that
spent the night doubling as sleeping pads in Zuccotti
Park.

On Monday morning dozens of those scraps of cardboard
doubled as signs, duct-taped to part of the park facing
Liberty Street and emblazoned with handwritten messages
including "Kill the Zombie Banks," "I came here because
I am scared for my country," and "End corporate
welfare."

Just after 8 a.m. Monday, protesters emerged from the
park and began a winding march through the streets of
Lower Manhattan, accompanied by police officers
equipped with plastic handcuffs and video cameras that
they used to record the march.

At times, the marchers congregated at intersections,
blowing horns, beating drums and dancing. At one point,
near the New York Stock Exchange, a police lieutenant
announced through a megaphone that members of the crowd
would be arrested for disorderly conduct if they
remained there. The crowd then resumed marching, as
they chanted "All day, all week, occupy Wall Street."

Among them was Alexander Holmes, 26, from Oakland,
California.

"There's a major divide between the rich and the poor
in this country," he said. "One in 10 people are
unemployed and my vote is nullified by corporate
lobbyists."

* Copyright 2011 The New York Times Company * Privacy
Policy * NYTimes.com 620 Eighth Avenue New York, NY
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