The Wall Street protest: Two weeks and more than 700 arrests later (VIDEO)

Police arrest demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement after they attempted to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on October 1, 2011. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Police arrest demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement after they attempted to cross the Brooklyn …The Occupy Wall Street Movement took on new significance on Saturday, when more than 700 people were arrested for blocking traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge.

About 1,500 protesters were marching across the bridge as part of a peaceful demonstration to call attention to economic inequities in the U.S. Three buses had to be called in to haul the demonstrators away.

"Protesters who used the Brooklyn Bridge walkway were not arrested," Paul J. Browne, the chief spokesman for the New York Police Department, told The New York Times. "Those who took over the Brooklyn-bound roadway, and impeded vehicle traffic, were arrested."

Etan Ben-Ami, 56, told the New York Times that the police seemed to make a conscious decision to allow the protesters onto the roadway. "They weren't pushed back," he said. "It seemed completely permitted. There wasn't a single policeman saying 'don't do this'." Brown says that people were warned not to leave the walkway, and those in the back of the march who may not have heard the warnings were not arrested.

The Associated Press took this footage of protesters confronting police at the Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday:


The protests actually began more than two weeks ago, as this video shot on September 17th shows. The demonstrators did not obtain permits and refused to use a designated protest area, and officials at the time seemed certain the movement would dissipate quickly.


Instead, it has grown. "If a corporation is treated as a human being, then they need to be held accountable to their crimes," explained one protester who had traveled from Oakland, California, to participate in the protest.


Michele Moore says that her voice mails and emails have been hacked and she's received death threats since coming out against SunTrust Bank:

On the 10th day of the protest, about 80 people were arrested during a peaceful demonstration. Protesters were pepper sprayed, punched, and dragged around by their hair, Democracy Now reported. "This one police officer had whipped out his mace and sprayed it about a foot away from me, around my area where there were other people," a woman who called herself Yell said. "The mace, at that point, was so close to me that it was dripping down my face and my chest.... I was blind for about 45 minutes to an hour."





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