#S17 Commemorates First Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street Movement

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#S17 Commemorates First Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street Movement

Dozens of arrests reported as protesters converge in Manhattan's financial district

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Common Dreams staff

People listen to an Occupy Wall Street anniversary concert in Foley Square Sunday. (Photo: Associated Press)

Taking advantage of the one year anniversary of the birth of the Occupy Wall Street movement in lower Manhattan, economic justice advocates take to the streets today under the banner of #S17.

The New York Times reports:

Dozens of arrests were reported on Monday, the first anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, as protesters converged near the New York Stock Exchange and tried to block access to the exchange.

Police officers and protesters squared off at various points on the blocks near the Stock Exchange. At various points protesters tried to block sidewalks leading to the Stock Exchange, but were dispersed by the police. Officers had set up barricades on several streets leading to the exchange and were asking identification from workers seeking to gain access.

In one confrontation, several hundred people marched slowly along Broadway and as part of the group passed Wall Street, a line of officers separated the march into two parts. A few moments later, officers approached a man who had been loudly yelling objections to the metal police barricades that cordoned off Wall Street. The officers grabbed the man, who began shouting “I did nothing wrong,” then removed him. As they were leading him away, a line of officers pushed a large crowd of people, including news photographers, away from the arrest.

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