Hundreds March Towards Wall Street As Protests Begin, 50 People Arrested


occupy-wall-street1Hundreds of protesters got into skirmishes with cops this morning after attempting to march on Wall Street as part of a massive citywide demonstration marking two months since the movement began.

The protest had begun peacefully, but quickly grew tense and escalated as cops made 50 arrests when a group of demonstrators tried to jump over some barricades.

Others were cuffed and hauled off after they sat on the ground in defiance.

After the arrests, most of the protesters retreated.

The Occupy Wall Street protesters had gathered near Zuccotti Park at 7 a.m. and walked towards the New York Stock Exchange.

Protesters never got close to the stock exchange and the market opened as normal at 9;30 a.m.

By 8 a.m., a large group gathered on the east side of Broadway and splintered into two groups in an effort to fool cops.

“All day, all week, occupy Wall Street,” the protesters chanted as they flooded Nassau and Pine streets.

Another crowd of unruly protesters on Broad and Beaver streets also got into a skirmish with cops.

Cops were prepared even though as many as 500 protesters had clogged the streets, pushing and shoving police officers who tried to stop them.

Police in riot gear had ordered them to stay away as cops barricaded many of the protesters in an effort to thwart them from blocking traffic and getting near Wall Street.

The NYPD had prepared for all-out war – adding an extra 1,000 cops per shift.

The mobilization is on par with the 2004 Republican National Convention – although today’s protests marking the two-month mark of the movement are expected to be far more widespread.

“The protesters are calling for a massive event aimed at disrupting major parts of the city,” said Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson. “We will be prepared.”

The protests are not over. Demonstrators have said they will fan out to transit hubs in all five boroughs at around 3 p.m. – and plan to flood the subways and Staten Island Ferry just in time for the evening commute.

The protesters will ride the rails using their “human microphone” to tell hard-luck stories, and then emerge at Foley Square for a rally and march across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Their last organized hike across the span resulted in more than 700 arrests on Oct. 1.

Organizers said they were energized by Bloomberg’s decision to clean out the squalid tent city at Zuccotti Park this past Tuesday, resulting in about 230 arrests.

{NY Post/ Newscenter}


  1. just bring in a bulldozer and scoop up all that human garbage. then you see how fast they will move. stop playing nice with these people