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New York, NY - 700 Arrested After Protest On NY's Brooklyn Bridge

Published on: October 1, 2011 09:26 PM
Last updated on: October 1, 2011 11:06 PM
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Police arrest demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement after they attempted to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on the motorway, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 in New York. The highway is not intended for pedestrians, the marchers attempted to cross the bridge on the highway and were stopped on the middle of the bridge by police. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Anjali Mullany)  NYC LOCALS OUTPolice arrest demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement after they attempted to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on the motorway, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 in New York. The highway is not intended for pedestrians, the marchers attempted to cross the bridge on the highway and were stopped on the middle of the bridge by police. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Anjali Mullany)  NYC LOCALS OUT

New York, NY - New York City police say about 700 protesters have been arrested after they swarmed the Brooklyn Bridge and shut down a lane of traffic for several hours.

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Police say some demonstrators spilled onto the roadway Saturday night after being told to stay on the pedestrian pathway. They face charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. The lane has since reopened.

Occupy Wall Street demonstrators are railing against corporate greed, global warming and social inequality, among other grievances.

The group has been camped near the Financial District for two weeks and clashed with police on earlier occasions.

Earlier Saturday, two other marches went over the 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.

A police officer with a bullhorn addresses a  large group of protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement who attempted to cross the Brooklyn Bridge, effectively shutting parts of the roadway down, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 in New York. Police arrested dozens while trying to clear the road and reopen for traffic.(AP Photo/Will Stevens)A police officer with a bullhorn addresses a large group of protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement who attempted to cross the Brooklyn Bridge, effectively shutting parts of the roadway down, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 in New York. Police arrested dozens while trying to clear the road and reopen for traffic.(AP Photo/Will Stevens)
Police arrest demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement after they attempted to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on the motorway, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 in New York. The highway is not intended for pedestrians, the marchers attempted to cross the bridge on the highway and were stopped on the middle of the bridge by police. (AP Photo/NBC, Andres Gutierrez) Police arrest demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement after they attempted to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on the motorway, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 in New York. The highway is not intended for pedestrians, the marchers attempted to cross the bridge on the highway and were stopped on the middle of the bridge by police. (AP Photo/NBC, Andres Gutierrez)

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 Oct 01, 2011 at 09:44 PM protesters are right Says:

After following wall street for about 13 years I must say, the protesters are right. Our complacence is allowing the USA to indebt itself while giving loads of interest free money to banks. The banks invested this money in treasurys in 2008 and are getting free interest to this day. The bankers then pay themselves bonuses out of this ruse.

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 Oct 01, 2011 at 09:47 PM Anonymous Says:

Commissioner Kelley should be contacted, and it should be ascertained why there are no physical standards (which are enforced) for NY's Finest. Look at the pot bellies, and body fat, which are shown on the three Officers with white shirts. At one time, a physical standards policy was strictly enforced. In L.A., there is such a policy. Incidentally, these protestors are meshuganah! What chutzpah they have, in wanting to shut down Wall Street. Who is paying the lodging, food, and transportation expenses of these protestors? I hope that there are no Yidden among that group!

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 Oct 01, 2011 at 10:39 PM realistic Says:

I'm glad that the new york city has an excellent police force who are well prepared ti deal with such trouble makers.
Keep it up NYPD!

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 Oct 01, 2011 at 10:51 PM bored Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Commissioner Kelley should be contacted, and it should be ascertained why there are no physical standards (which are enforced) for NY's Finest. Look at the pot bellies, and body fat, which are shown on the three Officers with white shirts. At one time, a physical standards policy was strictly enforced. In L.A., there is such a policy. Incidentally, these protestors are meshuganah! What chutzpah they have, in wanting to shut down Wall Street. Who is paying the lodging, food, and transportation expenses of these protestors? I hope that there are no Yidden among that group!

Never watched football? These cops are the defensive line. They're supposed to look like that.

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 Oct 01, 2011 at 11:18 PM Anonymous Says:

This protest must go all the way to washington ,,,, its redicules how wall street and banks always get a free path but imdivuals suffer thru to get some so called help from the banks.... The banks got milions if not billions to help consumers where is that help ???? Its time for a real shake up not just here but nationawide

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 Oct 01, 2011 at 11:48 PM Anonymous Says:

to No 1 and 6 (you are probably the same person with the lousy spellling). In case you haven't read a newspaper (which is quite likely) you would know that the banks have paid back their loans and the federal government has actually made a profit on all these "bailouts", except for Fannie May and Freddie Mac (which aren't banks and were federal enterprises to begin with).

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 Oct 02, 2011 at 12:06 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

This protest must go all the way to washington ,,,, its redicules how wall street and banks always get a free path but imdivuals suffer thru to get some so called help from the banks.... The banks got milions if not billions to help consumers where is that help ???? Its time for a real shake up not just here but nationawide

Get a life

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 Oct 02, 2011 at 12:30 AM ZAIDY678 Says:

anyone who has a problem with these protesters is probably living well, and couldnt give a damn that so many Americans are struggling now..

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 Oct 02, 2011 at 07:54 AM Rebecca Says:

Someone has to do something.
The gov't has taken advantage too long.
I give these protesters full support.

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 Oct 02, 2011 at 08:08 AM Crusty Says:

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Anonymous Says:

to No 1 and 6 (you are probably the same person with the lousy spellling). In case you haven't read a newspaper (which is quite likely) you would know that the banks have paid back their loans and the federal government has actually made a profit on all these "bailouts", except for Fannie May and Freddie Mac (which aren't banks and were federal enterprises to begin with).

Two problems (at least) with the bailouts- the government did not demand any quid pro quo so those banks still use the financial instruments that caused the meltdown to begin with. Unlike the banks, the mortgage holders were not bailed out. The mortgage holders made bad investments based on an overly optimistic reading of the economy. The banks were greedy, trashed the economy, and for them, there were no consequences.

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