Wall Street protesters arrested on Brooklyn Bridge

500 Wall Street protesters arrested on Brooklyn Bridge

Globe and Mail
COLLEEN LONG
The Associated Press

Protesters Arrested

About 500 protesters demonstrating against corporate greed, global warming and social inequality, among other grievances, were arrested Saturday night after they swarmed the Brooklyn Bridge and shut down a lane of traffic for several hours.

Some demonstrators spilled onto the roadway in the late afternoon after being told to stay on the pedestrian pathway, New York police said. Most of those arrested face disorderly conduct charges, while others were charged with resisting arrest. The bridge reopened hours later at around 8 p.m. after it had been cleaned, police said.

Erin Larkins, a graduate student at Columbia University who says she and her boyfriend have $130,000 combined in student loan debt, was among the thousands of protesters on the bridge. She said a friend persuaded her to join the march and she’s glad she did.

“I don’t think we’re asking for much, just to wake up every morning not worrying whether we can pay the rent, or whether our next meal will be rice and beans again,” Ms. Larkins wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press. “No one is expecting immediate change. I think everyone is just hopeful that people will wake up a bit and realize that the more we speak up, the more the people that do have the authority to make changes in this world listen.”

Occupy Wall Street demonstrators have been camped near the Financial District for two weeks and clashed with police on earlier occasions. Mostly, the protests have been peaceful, and the movement has shown no signs of losing steam. Celebrities like Michael Moore and Susan Sarandon even made recent stops downtown to encourage the group.

Elsewhere in the U.S., protesters assembled in Albuquerque, N.M., Boston and Los Angeles to express their solidarity with the movement taking place in New York.

On Friday night, more than 1,000 demonstrators in New York took their protest to police headquarters, where they protested the police response to their downtown protest.

The crowd may have swelled because of a false rumour that the band Radiohead would appear. Since the protest began two weeks ago, turnout has varied, but the numbers have reached as high as about 1,500 previously.

Critics have accused officers of being heavy-handed, saying they have roughed up people who did nothing wrong. The NYPD has disputed that claim.

Earlier Saturday, thousands who joined two other marches went over the Brooklyn Bridge without problems. One was from Brooklyn to Manhattan by a group opposed to genetically modified food. Another in the opposite direction marched against poverty.

In May 2008, more than 200 people were arrested, including the Reverend Al Sharpton, as demonstrators blocked traffic at the height of the evening rush hour on the Brooklyn Bridge to protest the acquittal of three detectives in the 50-bullet shooting of an unarmed black man on his wedding day.

Video: Occupy Wall Street


Comment:
This is going to grow! America and soon Canada’s ‘Arab Spring’ is being… sprung. :-)

 

Governments take away our freedoms a little at a time; now we are all just frogs in a slow boiling pot.

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5 Responses to Wall Street protesters arrested on Brooklyn Bridge

  1. Anonymous says:

    “The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.” ― Thomas Jefferson

  2. Anonymous says:

    Occupy Wall Street protest ‘about people claiming some autonomy’

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/1002/Occupy-Wall-Street-protest-about-people-claiming-some-autonomy

    An “Occupy Toronto” protest is planned in Canada.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The Occupy Wall Street movement may have thought it broke new ground when the NYC Transit Union joined their movement, but that ground just tipped the Richter Scale with news that United States Army and Marine troops are reportedly on their way to various protest locations to support the movement and to protect the protesters.

    Here’s the message Ward Reilly relayed from another Marine, on his facebook page:

    “I’m heading up there tonight in my dress blues. So far, 15 of my fellow marine buddies are meeting me there, also in Uniform. I want to send the following message to Wall St and Congress:I didn’t fight for Wall St. I fought for America. Now it’s Congress’ turn.

    My true hope, though, is that we Veterans can act as first line of defense between the police and the protester. If they want to get to some protesters so they can mace them, they will have to get through the Fucking Marine Corps first. Let’s see a cop mace a bunch of decorated war vets.I apologize now for typos and errors.

    Typing this on iPhone whilst heading to NYC. We can organize once we’re there. That’s what we do best.If you see someone in uniform, gather together.

    A formation will be held tonight at 10PM.

    We all took an oath to uphold, protect and defend the constitution of this country. That’s what we will be doing.

    Hope to see you there!!”

  4. Anonymous says:

    As Salman Rushdie put it in a tweet: “The world’s economy has been wrecked by these rapacious traders. Yet it is the protesters who are jailed.”

  5. Anonymous says:

    The news channels & GOP are calling the Wall Street protesters a mob with a message. Well the message is the people want jobs. Of course that is not enough, the next question is what action can Government take to keep jobs in th US. Well the first thing is you have to understand how a corporation operates. Their only goal is to increase profits and not loyalty to any country. The old methods for creating jobs was to have taxbreaks so big business would make more profits thus increasing hiring. This was very effective before we had a global economy. The reason being the only place to make jobs was in the US. Today the tax breaks have the same effect except corporations find that making jobs in other countries using near slave labor gives them greater profits. This is pure capitalism and don’t mix it up with democracy.The plan I believe will bring jobs back to the US is based on profits. Any company who has more than 25% of their employees in foreign countries must be considered a foreign company and not receive any tax breaks or take advantage of the tax loopholes. These benefits are only for US companies. The Government whould also make sure these global companies son’t under price goods made by US companies do to their slave labor cost, there must be a protection tax added to their products to establish a fair market.

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