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Police Force Wall Street Protesters Off Sidewalks

The New York Times

November 5, 2011


At least 20 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested in a series of clashes with officers on Saturday.

Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators streamed into a desolate part of Foley Square on Saturday afternoon, but their slow-moving march turned chaotic as a phalanx of police officers issued orders to vacate the sidewalks — and then swept in to force the issue.

One police official said that at least 20 protesters were arrested in a series of fast-moving encounters with officers outside the public square in Lower Manhattan that is hemmed in by several government buildings: the State Supreme Court building, a United States courthouse and 26 Federal Plaza, where the Federal Bureau of Investigation has its New York headquarters.

About 3 p.m., a police chief was heard issuing orders for subordinates to get bullhorns and a prisoner van to help clear the sidewalks on the eastern edge of Foley Square, where a line of officers blocked the steps to the state courthouse.

The marchers, who had streamed into the area, split into two groups, with about 200 on the sidewalk outside the court buildings and a larger group across the street on a large pedestrian island. Some of the protesters marched briskly toward the granite steps at 60 Centre Street, but officers ran to block their path. Read more…

Rob Harris and Colin Moynihan contributed reporting.

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~ par Alain Bertho sur 6 novembre 2011.

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