Cops Bust Dozens, Clear Zuccotti Park
Dozens arrested in Zuccotti Park, 6 months after protests started
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2012 7:42 AM CDT
An Occupy Wall Street demonstrator lays amidst his fellow protestors in Zuccotti Park after a march in celebration of the protest's sixth month, Saturday, March 17, 2012, in New York. With the city's...   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(Newser) – The NYPD cleared Zuccotti Park last night around 11:30pm, arresting the small number of Occupy protesters who refused to leave the park on the six-month anniversary of the movement's birth, reports the AP. Demonstrators had started filling Zuccotti in the afternoon, with signs and banners. Around 1pm they left the park and marched down Broadway to Wall Street, before returning to Zuccotti.

“It’s just a reminder that we’re here,” one protester told the New York Times. “It’s an opportunity to remind Wall Street that we aren’t going anywhere.” As the day went on, numbers swelled to about 500. But when they started setting up tents and bringing sleeping bags, the park owner sent in security to tell protesters to leave the park and asked the police for help. No official count of the arrested has been released yet, but the Wall Street Journal estimates that about 40 protesters were taken into custody.

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Dec 30, 2012 2:04 AM CST
Activism is the only good way to show a government that you are not happy with how they run things, otherwise, they'll just keep going as they are and jack your money.
Mar 19, 2012 4:46 AM CDT
Need more PSI's in the water cannons.
Mar 18, 2012 10:58 PM CDT
anyone seen the video of the protester who had a seizure in handcuffs? cops refused to uncuff her, denied licensed EMTs access to help her, the whole thing is just sick. so many of these "cops" are just subhuman brainwashed lackeys who will take any order from above, not ever stopping to think of humanity. it's amazing that they can sleep at night. the whole thing is outrageous.