Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Police arrest occupiers in New York: updated with video

There are reports of police arresting and pepper spraying Occupy Wall Streeters in NYC from the Guardian live blog:

9.10pm: This video, uploaded to YouTube by the citizen journalism website wearechange.org, shows scuffles breaking out between police and protesters. The location isn't identified, but it's clearly one of the intersections at the south end of Broadway.It shows officers drawing their nightsticks and making a number of arrests. Towards the end of the video, a protester claims to have been pepper-sprayed. I've seen a number of reports of pepper sprayings, but I've not had a reliable first-hand account yet.
8.37pm: Police on horseback have moved in and barricades have been deployed on Wall Street proper, according to Salon writer Justin Elliot on the scene. He tweets this picture from Broadway and Cedar, where police are preventing people from crossing the street, and another that shows tensions between police and protesters there.
8.30pm: This is Matt Wells taking over from Adam Gabbatt. The situation at the Wall Street protest is becoming increasingly tense. There's a flashpoint on the intersection of Broadway and Cedar Street, with reports of a number of arrests. Police have deployed orange netting to contain protesters. Subway trains have been ordered not to stop at Wall Street station.
Update: The NY Daily News has this story:

Thousands of union workers joined protesters marching through  the Financial District Wednesday for Occupy Wall Street's largest rally yet against "corporate greed."
The march was mostly peaceful - until after nightfall, when scuffles erupted and some of the younger demonstrators were arrested when they tried to storm barricades blocking them from Wall Street and the Stock Exchange.
Witnesses said about 200 people tried to push through barricades and police responded with pepper spray and penned them in with orange netting.

A video posted on the Occupy Wall Street Twitter feed late Wednesday night showed police swinging at a protestor with a night stick.

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