Friday, October 14, 2011

"Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested during impromptu march"

Occupy Wall Street protesters sweep the sidewalk in New York's financial district as part of a symbolic effort to clean up Wall Street. (Carolyn Cole, Los Angeles Times / October 15, 2011)

Tina Susman (Los Angeles Times):
Police arrest about 10 people taking a victory lap in Lower Manhattan after the planned cleaning of Zuccotti Park is canceled. Those who have been camped out at the park for 28 days saw the cleaning as a ploy to evict them.---Several Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested Friday after they embarked on an impromptu victory march through Lower Manhattan following the cancellation of a plan to clean the privately owned park where they have been camped for 28 days.

Protesters had seen the planned cleanup as a ploy to evict them from Zuccotti Park, even though park owner Brookfield Office Properties said it wanted to move people only temporarily so it could scrub the plaza. But it also said that when protesters returned, they no longer could have tents, sleeping bags or tarps.

As protesters' numbers swelled Thursday night, Brookfield was flooded with phone calls from local elected officials who support the protest, warning it to cancel the cleaning, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said in a radio interview. MORE...

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