Wall Street Protesters Refuse to Fade

They even have a makeshift hospital
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2011 5:37 PM CDT
A pedestrian takes copies of the Occupy Wall Street protest's self-published newspaper "The Occupied Wall Street Journal," in the financial district's Zuccotti park, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in NYC.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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(Newser) – The spirits of Wall Street protesters are apparently riding high despite yesterday's 700 arrests, the AP reports. Still camped out in New York's Financial District after more than two weeks, they're running laptops on a portable generator, eating donated food, and using a makeshift hospital. They even have their own newspaper: the Occupied Wall Street Journal. Officials "thought we were going to leave and we haven't left," says one protester. "We're going to stay as long as we can."

New York City police say they have released most of the people detained yesterday. But the mass arrest did spark one disagreement: Some protesters say cops told them to use the pedestrian walkway on the Brooklyn Bridge, then arrested them for it. Today the NYPD supported their argument by releasing a video that shows an official warning the crowd with a bullhorn while they chanted, "Take the bridge." Meanwhile, the protest has sparked demonstrations across the nation, from Boston to Los Angeles.

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