Dozens Arrested As NYC Occupy Wall Street Protesters Return To Zuccotti Park

New York police arrested dozens of people in lower Manhattan as the Occupy Wall Street movement marked six months of protests, authorities said Sunday.

Protesters attempted to re-occupy Zuccotti Park, the downtown plaza where demonstrators were encamped in the first two months of the movement, on Saturday. Police made 74 arrests as they forced them out of the park, the Manhattan district attorney's office told CNN.

Protesters chanted "We are the 99%," and tried to set up tents in the park, which they occupied for nearly two months before they were rousted by police in mid-November. Police carried handcuffed demonstrators from the park -- some of them struggling, others limp.

According to the New York Police Department, the charges included disorderly conduct, trespassing, assault and resisting arrest. Online, however, Occupy Wall Street and its supporters accused police of abusing peaceful demonstrators.

"Welcome to New York City!" liberal documentary producer Michael Moore, who attended the St. Patrick's Day demonstration, posted on his website. "Feel free to get drunk and barf on the streets as much as you want, just don't take on the banksters or we'll beat the ever-loving crap out of you."

There was no immediate response to the allegations from the NYPD.

The protests began September 17, with participants decrying income inequality, corporate greed and the influence of the top 1% of Americans. They soon drew the support of organized labor, while similar spinoff movements sprang up in numerous U.S. cities and overseas.

Police in riot gear drove them out of Zuccotti Park two months later, citing health and sanitation concerns. But the protesters are widely credited with shifting the national dialogue toward lingering unemployment and the gap between the rich and poor in the United States.

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  • by Devil Dog Location: Greenville, NC on Mar 19, 2012 at 04:35 AM
    Just remember Obama, Biden, Pelosi, Reid, Butterfield, Schumer, Waters, and many other yehews support these idiots. What's that say about their character?
  • by sarcasitic statement on Mar 19, 2012 at 03:38 AM
    What, these cream of American young crop? The wholesome people who are protesting the evils of the so-called 1%? The ones who tweet "kill a cop or 2"? Oh yes, but don't forget it's the tea party that is the biggest threat to the country.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Mar 18, 2012 at 07:00 PM
    Great sign " Occupy Everything " Go Occupy Obama's White House! Maybe you can get some free food stamps! From our Liar N Chief!
  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Mar 18, 2012 at 04:04 PM
    Arrest them and as part of the fine have them re-imburse the city for all the overtime and damages accessed.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2012 at 04:03 PM
    Barack Obama got this started with his class warfare rhetoric. He should be arrested for inciting riots and mayhem. In November, we need to vote in a president that will be a uniter not a divider.
  • by Anon Location: enc on Mar 18, 2012 at 03:33 PM
    Unfortunately, these northerners are moving south, bringing their attitude and nonsense with them.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2012 at 03:23 PM
    Please remind me again how many participants of the tea party protests were arrested. Never mind I remember, NONE. Enough said.
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