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Bloomberg: Protesters are Well Behaved

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by Alec Hamilton

The Occupy Wall Street protests prepare to start their third week tomorrow with no sign of waning, and the arrests continue, but Mayor Bloomberg today said overall the protesters are well behaved.

“You don't see people throwing things the way you do in other parts of the world.” the mayor said. “I do not think this will escalate, and we want to make sure people have the right to protest.”

Twenty-three people were arrested last night on charges ranging from disorderly conduct to assaulting a police officer.

Bloomberg also said the police officers seem to have conducted themselves appropriately --though he said there might be "a piece of footage" that showed otherwise.

An NYPD spokesman did confirm that one officer used pepper spray last night on a protester.