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Citibank Statement Addresses Arrested Protestors: ‘They Were Very Disruptive And Refused To Leave’

Yesterday, it was reported that roughly two dozen Occupy Wall Street protestors were arrested after they entered a Citibank in Washington Square Park.

Today Citibank issued a public statement on the arrests, explaining that the protestors were arrested for their disorderly conduct.

Citibank Public Affairs issued the following statement regarding today’s incident: “A large amount of protesters entered our branch at 555 La Guardia Place around 2:00 PM today. They were very disruptive and refused to leave after being repeatedly asked, causing our staff to call 911. The Police asked the branch staff to close the branch until the protesters could be removed. Only one person asked to close an account and was accommodated.”

To be clear: no one was arrested for closing an account; we didn’t lock people in our branch – the police decided to close the branch; and we didn’t ask for anyone to be arrested – that is a police decision.

You can watch a video of the arrests below.

h/t Village Voice

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