68 People Arrested As Occupy Wall Street Protesters Briefly Take Back Zuccotti Park On New Year’s
Last night, hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters stormed Zuccotti Park, tearing down metal barricades and clashing with police, leading to the arrests of 68 activists.
In a celebration of the group’s activism in 2011, a crowd of 500 demonstrators chanted “We are the 99 percent”. One officer was injured during the protest.
According to the New York Times’s Colin Moynihan and Elizabeth Harris:
As midnight approached, the hundreds in Zuccotti Park shouted “Whose year? Our year!”
Just before 1:30 a.m., security guards and police officers entered the park, where only about 150 people remained. A line of officers pushed protesters from the park and led about five people out in handcuffs. One officer used two hands to repeatedly shove backwards a credentialed news photographer who was preparing to document an arrest.
A police commander announced through a megaphone that the park, which is normally open 24 hours a day, was closed until 9 a.m., but did not provide a reason. A few moments later, officers told the crowd that had just been moved from the park that the sidewalks surrounding Zuccotti Park were also closed, and directed people across Broadway.
Just before the park was cleared, about 200 protesters marched north through SoHo and into the East Village. At 13th Street and 2nd Avenue, officers surrounded dozens of protesters walking on the sidewalk around 3:00 a.m. and began arresting some of them.
Watch Occupy Wall Street celebrate New Year’s below:
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