'Occupiers' Arrested Across US; Rome Tallies Damage

Police handcuff 175 in Chicago for not clearing public plaza
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2011 2:10 PM CDT
'Occupy Wall Street' Protesters Arrested in US Cities
Protestors gather around a makeshift fire in front of the European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt to support the "Occupy Wall Street' movement Saturday Oct. 15, 2011.   (AP Photo/dapd, Thomas Lohnes)

(Newser) – Police arrested hundreds of "Occupy Wall Street" protesters today who endured chilly nights outdoors in Chicago, New York, Denver, and Arizona, the New York Daily News reports. As the Chicago Tribune has it, officers rounded up about 175 demonstrators who refused to clear Congress Plaza after 1am. The arrests were mostly non-violent, but demonstrators called the police "instruments of the one percent" and chanted "the whole world is watching," repeating the call of protesters at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.

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In the Big Apple, 14 were arrested for sitting in an empty fountain in Washington Square Park, adding to 78 arrested yesterday, CNN reports. In London, protesters continued marching for a second day after sleeping overnight in tents outside the St. Paul's Cathedral, the Washington Post reports. Authorities in Rome tallied the cost after riots yesterday sent cars and offices ablaze and injured 135 people, including 105 police officers. Describing rioters as "animals," Rome's mayor estimated the cost at $1 million. (See photos from overnight and yesterday in the grid.)

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