Approximately 250 Arrested as Protesters Surge Into the Streets

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Approximately 250 were arrested when protesters marched through the streets of Manhattan on Thursday as part of the all-day citywide demonstration that began in the financial district and fanned out across the city.

Hundreds of protesters, who began the morning at the Stock Exchange and marched to some subway stops. By late afternoon a crowd of several thousand headed to Foley Square in Lower Manhattan, spilling into the streets, before crossing the Brooklyn Bridge.

Police arrested at least two dozen people for trying to block traffic on the bridge roadway at the start of the march, but the most demonstrators crossed without incident on the pedestrian walkway, where Occupy Wall Street slogans were projected on the side of the Verizon building.

One protester, Sam Schwemberger, said it was difficult for the crowd to move from place to place during the march across the Brooklyn Bridge. "It's a lot of people but it also seems hyper-regulated by police cordons and so on and so forth. Like a gesture of occupying the streets but there's very, very tight control, he said.

Ten protesters and seven police officers were injured during the marches. Earlier this morning, a protester doused four officers in the face with a stinging liquid believed to be vinegar based. A second officer received 20 stitches in his left hand after a protester threw an object at a group of officers.

Speaking Thursday afternoon, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said so far the demonstrations had "minimal disruption to our city."

"We will ensure that everyone has a right to exercise their First Amendment rights." Bloomberg said. "But make no mistake about it, if anyone's actions cross the line and threaten the health and safety of others ... we will respond accordingly."

(Photo right: Demonstrators pour out of Union Square late Thursday afternoon./Jim O'Grady for WNYC)

Protesters began to march toward Union Square from Lower Manhattan Thursday afternoon after demonstrating near Wall Street in the first scheduled stop to mark the two months since the anti-Wall Street protests got underway.

Traders in blue jackets watched from behind metal barricades as dozens of protesters in plastic cuffs, including one man bleeding from the head, were led away to waiting police vans. Four police officers were injured and taken to the hospital after a demonstrator threw liquid at their faces, police said.

"There are people who are fed up, and feel like it's time to take nonviolent action to stop business as usual on Wall Street," Han Shan, an organizer told WNYC. "And I think people want to come with their kids and their grandmothers and join us in the streets."

In a surprise sweep earlier this week, police cleared the Lower Manhattan encampment that had served as demonstrators’ makeshift headquarters.


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Comments [20]

k Webster from nyc

OWS is about ending poverty. People who are in crisis from losing jobs, homes, health insurance don't need your sympathy. They need a new economic system. The jobs shipped overseas, the wealth stolen from the rest -are not coming back. If you still have a job- good for you. Truly. But the mayor's choice to use our limited "resources" to shut down an important free speech movement were never going to go towards helping those who are slipping off the economic ladder.

Nov. 17 2011 07:44 PM

Confirmed: The man who attempted to assassinate the President of the United States was an active member of the D.C Occupy movement.

Nov. 17 2011 07:12 PM
Nate Cummins

Protestors claiming fellow protestor, "Romania" dead from head trauma.

Nov. 17 2011 02:55 PM

John, mi amigo, do you ever do any actual seem to spend a lot of time gazing at the lives of people with the courage to speak action to power.
And folks counting on taking subways home might want to rethink dinner plans - there will be no subways home.

Nov. 17 2011 01:39 PM
Torres The Bull from SI NY

I believe these protests to be true at heart. I firmly agree with their message, however, they lack the leadership to actually change anything. I think we need to overhaul education, business and our political system. Free enterprise is not the enemy, the only time it becomes evil is when groups of people rig the system for their own benefit. Otherwise free enterprise is what brought us to the information age and all of the conveniences that we have today.

I think the protesters shouldn't be marching on wall st. No we need to march on Washington, get these blasted politicians off their a**es and do something FOR THE PEOPLE!!! Not for their buddies in wall st and for their friends in ivy league schools. Congress and government need to be separated from businesses. Like church and state. I think congress should have all the benefits that an average american gets i.e they should have minimum wage, no health insurance, and send their children to public schools. Perhaps then, these congress men and women would have connections to the people they are supposed to represent. I have plenty more to say about this but way too much to type here.

Nov. 17 2011 12:36 PM
SI Commuter from Manhattan

Just heard that MTA is not reporting delays in subway service -- as of 9:30 a.m. there were NO trains running uptown at Bowling Green station; crowd was 4 deep and NO ANNOUNCEMENT concerning delays; just repeated announcements that next Manhattan bound train was 15 minutes away. Plenty of Police presence and MTA workers walking around; when MTA employees asked what was going on with the service NO ONE knew anything. Ended up walking to R for service; did talk to 2 other commuters who also abandoned Bowling Green train stop - one person said she had waited for 30 minutes before abandoning the station. Would have gone home if we could have; but we need our jobs.

Nov. 17 2011 11:44 AM
john from office

Thank you Betty.

Nov. 17 2011 11:33 AM
betty from the Bronx

My comment posted to an earlier story- but to repeat it here:
To the protesters - Give us back our city!!!! Stop wasting our limited resources. There are real people in this city truly suffering in this recession and you are making it worse for countless workers, small businesses and employers. No NYC resident should support the ongoing disruption of our city without any benefit whatsoever to those suffering through these tough times.

Nov. 17 2011 11:28 AM
Margaret from Brooklyn

All morning I have been flipping between WBAI and WNYC to find out what is going on downtown. I have to say that your coverage, both on the air and on the site, is pathetic. Whether you approve of it or not, something pretty significant is going on with this movement, and you have a responsibility to, as the poster above said, get out of your cubicles and actually report on it. Preferably in a straightforward journalistic way, not using words like "so-called" to make it clear that you are holding your nose. I had given up on WBAI a long time ago, but now I think I may just open my checkbook again.

Nov. 17 2011 11:26 AM
modmike from Clifton NJ

This is history in the making; a long time coming. We the people will overcome!

Nov. 17 2011 11:03 AM
Dom from Hot under the collar

Please stop calling it a 2 month anniversary. I took Latin, I know what anno means. Saying that makes you sound ignorant or like Fox News - but I repeat myself.

If you can't figure out how to rephrase, hire me (I need a job) and I'll craft prose that doesn't make you sound like you are a lead in for Sean, Rush or Bill...

Nov. 17 2011 10:49 AM
Inquisigal from Brooklyn

What does occupying the NYC subway system prove? Is this a movement against the city of New York, or against the banking system and traders?

Why not occupy Bank of America's headquarters? Why not occupy the location of the next Republican debate?

The SUBWAYS? This is just getting stupid.

Nov. 17 2011 10:09 AM
John from office

Soy latino, and I know a pato when I see one.

Nov. 17 2011 10:03 AM

I am out here in L.A....The OWS L.A. is pretty pathetic at this point...wish ithad the energy of NYC, but that's L.A.

Nov. 17 2011 09:59 AM

As does yours, my brother...hope to have the pleasure some day...I will recognize you by your pale white skin, your "Vote Perry" button, and your glazed eyes...sleep well.

Nov. 17 2011 09:56 AM
john from office

Like I said, a coward. All talk, a wind bag. Go back to your slumber with your earphones. Your Icon says it all.

Nov. 17 2011 09:48 AM

John - Stop cowering in your "office" - read cubicle - and come down to the street....if not, at least tell me the color of your Porsche...

Nov. 17 2011 09:40 AM
Michael from Rooting for peace, hoping for change

OWS has a split personality. Refer to the stories in the newspapers about the OWS folks trying to redeem their property from the NY Sanitation department garage. Those folks are pretty upset that their property, was siezed/moved, but not harmed by the "evil doers", and then want to crush, kill, destroy the property of "Wall Street Elite".

Nov. 17 2011 09:30 AM
john from office


Spoken like a true coward. Try doing something constructive. Put down the earphones and build something.

Nov. 17 2011 09:30 AM

Violence is the only solution the Man understands....burn his Porsche and you'll get his attention...Power to the People!

Nov. 17 2011 09:18 AM

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