Wall Street Protesters Take to the Streets; NYPD Arrest at Least 90

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Protesters in Times Square. (Richard Yeh/WNYC)

The NYPD said a total of 92 demonstrators were arrested at different locations throughout the city Saturday and early Sunday. Thousands of demonstrators from Occupy Wall Street protested on Saturday against corporate greed throughout the city, including bank branches and Times Square.

Early Sunday morning, 14 demonstrators were arrested in Washington Square Park for remaining in the park past the closing time. According to the NYPD, they had informed all the demonstrators remaining in the park that hey would be arrested if they stayed in the park past the curfew and others did leave. Washington Square Park is a city owned park and is only open from dawn to midnight.

Protester Brendan Burke said the majority of people there were intent on remaining law-abiding, but others were wanted to cause disturbances.

"They're going to jump a barricade here or there, looks like, and they're going to keep this a protest rather than a ballon-carrying sidewalk march," he said.

Several protesters said the group will continue to look for alternative occupation sites in the city in the comping days, even if it means getting arrested.

A large crowd of Occupy Wall Street protesters met in Times Square for an 'Occupation Party' late Saturday afternoon, mingling with the tourists and theatre-goers in the area. Initial estimates put the crowd in the thousands. Despite the large numbers and some arrests, the rally was orderly.

A large police presence was on hand — blue shirts, white shirts, and some riot police officers with helmets that had clear shields over their faces. The NYPD had set up barricades ahead of the rally and orange nets were rolled up and ready for use.

According to Paul Browne, a spokesman for the NYPD, said there were three arrests of hard-core protesters  at 46th and 7th Avenue who tried to take down the barriers. As arrests were made, Browne said, a few protesters began chanting "fight back" but many other protesters did not. According to Browne, two police officers had to go to the hospital after getting injured at the rally.

Around 8 p.m., 42 other people were arrested after the NYPD repeatedly warned a large disorderly group to disperse, according to the NYPD.

The atmosphere in Times Square had been festive, with dancers on stilts and at least a dozen musicians with tubas, trombones and drums. The crowd of protesters stretched down 7th Avenue and Times Square was crammed with protesters chanting, "People united will never be defeated" or "This is what democracy looks like" or "Wall Street, Times Square, occupy everywhere."

Due to the activity in the Times Square, southbound lanes of 7th Avenue between West 57th and West 46th streets were closed to traffic. Crowds began to disperse by 7:30 p.m., but there were still many people in the area.

At the bank, several protesters had entered the bank to close their accounts to protest against the role banks like Citibank played in the country's financial crisis.

Browne added that a small group left the march and were arrested for criminal trespass after they refused the bank manager's request that they leave. Browne said, "With the exception of the one who resisted as he was taken into custody outside after trying to avoid arrest inside, and in contrast to others arrested yesterday, they were compliant and did not resist when they were taken into custody.

(Photo: Police set up barricades in Times Square./Yasmeen Khan for WNYC)

Earlier in the day, demonstrators marched to a Chase bank branch banging drums and carrying signs against corporate greed.

Fifteen people were arrested yesterday in Lower Manhattan on charges ranging from disorderly conduct to assault. Five people were masks were also arrested at 27th and 6th Avenue.

Protests, inspired by Occupy Wall Street, occurred throughout the country and the world. Protests could be found from Baltimore to Denver and Pittsburgh.

Overseas, the protests in Rome turned violent when police fired tear gas and water cannons at some protesters who broke off from the main march and smashed shop or bank windows.

With reporting from Richard Yeh and the Associated Press

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Drummers at the protest in Times Square.
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A protester dressed as justice at the Times Square rally.
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Protesters in Times Square


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Comments [8]

scallywag from nyc

Perhaps arresting these people has more to do with preserving the banks autonomy and very survival rather than the very interesting idea that all the security guards and cops were trying to do was put a sudden frenzy session of customers/vigilantes into quarantine mode. Who really needs to be quarantined are the banks, but that’s just the humble opinion of an individual with hardly a dime to his name.

Oct. 17 2011 12:08 PM
roy from Kentucky

WYNC...and others of journalsitic bent...are ignoring questions of civil liberties and open hostility by NYPD.

Camera operator bashing and intimidation by NYPD...what of this?

Individuals in bank building prohibited from leaving, but arrested...this appears worthy of investigating!

General, the rough shod manner of NYPD, in general, of dealing with protesters. The members of NYPD act more in the manner of being unruly and thug like than protesterrs...ask the question!


Oct. 16 2011 07:32 PM
Peck Allmond from NYC

Can WNYC reporters find out what happened at Citibank yesterday? The police say the people arrested were "trespassing" and "disruptive" - while they say about themselves they were only trying to close their Citibank accounts, and were not allowed to leave when they tried. What do witnesses say? This is a big question - aren't you trying to find out?

Oct. 16 2011 05:44 PM
jn4147 from Brooklyn, NY 11225

The Tenets of what "Main Street NOT Wall Street" is all about
1) End of Bush tax cuts for the rich
2) Pass President's Obama job bill
3) Eliminate tax loopholes for corporations, banks,
oil companies and the rich
4) Boycott all corporations, banks, institutions that
are sitting on billions and trillions of dollars
and are not hiring
5) Launch criminal investigations against those who
were, and still are, responsible for our current
financial crisis
6) Let Congress pay for their own health care
7) Don't touch Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare
8) Eliminate the "Super Congress."
9) Stop trampling on the civil rights and liberties of
Women, Children, Middle and Working Class, the Poor,
the GLBT Community, Immigrants and the Elderly
10)Cut the deficit by taxing the wealthy, eliminating
waste, attrition, consolidation of some department
and agencies, and through a luxury tax on liquor,
cigarettes, jewelry, luxury boats, co-ops, condos
11)Tax those Religious institutions that clearly
blatantly involved in Politics
12)Dismantle a lot of these monopolies. This was the
start if most of our current problems.

Oct. 16 2011 03:02 PM
jnw147 from Brooklyn, NY 11225

Main Street NOT Wall Street
It's about the wealthiest 1% of the population trying to control the other 99% of the population through their wealth and power. America is for sale, and they are buying it up with the help of some of our politicians. We must make it abundantly clear to that 1%, and to those politicians that are already bought and paid for, that we will not let them succeed. We must maintain sustained indignation, and let it be known that failure is not, and will not be, an option!

Oct. 16 2011 02:58 PM
Peg from Willseyville NY

Rhende from Whitleyville, TN - Thank your intelligent and perceptive comment.

Oct. 16 2011 08:37 AM
Rhende from Whitleyville, TN

As usual "commercial" interests...banking, theatre ticket purchasers, etc..., have a priorotiy over citizen protesting. At least the NYPD justifies "clearing protestors" in order that pecuniary interests might prevail in Times Square.

That commercial "corporate" pursuits are found to be greater than citizenship interests is such a profound statement of the very reason that "Occupy Wall Street" has widespread support!

Oct. 16 2011 07:49 AM
airelise from NYC

WNYC reported some minutes ago that the protest going on now at Times Square is non-violent with relatively few arrests.

I saw a violent push back by police at 46th and Broadway. It looked like they were running horses into the protesters and using metal grates to push them back. I saw ambulences on their way to the area.

Oct. 15 2011 07:29 PM

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