Dozens Arrested as Occupiers Reach NYSE

Protesters to visit stock exchange, subway, bridges today
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 17, 2011 7:33 AM CST
Updated Nov 17, 2011 9:53 AM CST
An Occupy Wall Street protester yells as he is arrested by the police after blocking an intersection near The New York Stock Exchange in New York, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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(Newser) – Days after being removed from Zuccotti Park, Occupy Wall Street is launching its biggest day of protests yet, and the arrests are already piling up: Daily Intel reports that about 60 people have been arrested after clashing with police in their attempt to reach the New York Stock Exchange. Thousands marched toward the NYSE shortly after 7:30am in an attempt to block it on the movement’s two-month anniversary. Protesters chanted "Get your corporate ID out. This is a police state" and "God Bless America" at Wall Street workers as they passed through police checkpoints, notes DNAInfo. Though some workers had difficulty getting in, the stock exchange opened at 9:30am per usual; protesters rang a "people's bell" outside.

Later in the day, protesters plan to head to subway stations to “listen to a singular story from one of our hardest-hit and most inspirational neighbors,” fliers for the event say. Next, it’s a march to Manhattan’s Foley Square, where a protest is backed by major unions; then on to local bridges to “demand that we get back to work rebuilding our country's infrastructure.” Officials say they expect “tens of thousands” of protesters. Police plan to bring “hats and bats”—riot gear—to the events, one tells the Wall Street Journal. Still, “we'll continue to accommodate peaceful protest,” says a rep for the NYPD.

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