Yesterday between 121 and 200 protesters were arrested when a peaceful march of approximately 2,000 headed to Union Square to spread the word about their occupation for emancipation from a corrupt economic and financial system. The events made news in many national MSM publications.
Those who participated in the march uptown describe NYPD actions to stop their progress with police cars and metal barricades. At each check-point the marchers simply changed directions or went around and even over the obstacles.
Union Square OWS March Pepper Spray Treatment
by Paul Weiskel 9/24/11 some rights reserved
At one point, approaching Union Square, the NYPD cut the protesters off and made a mass arrest of some 90 or more marchers. Other marchers were arrested when, penned in a distance away, they began chanting, “Let them go!” bringing the total to over 100.
Video shows brutal arrests involving netting numbers of protesters and the use of pepper spray to subdue others. Police sources said the arrests were mainly for obstructing traffic.
Occupy Wall Street’s efforts to locate those arrested took hours.
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