Protesters arrested in New York, Denver, San Diego
Uniformed officers stand across the street from protesters in Denver, Colorado, on Friday morning after troopers cleared protesters from a park.
October 14th, 2011
12:32 PM ET

Protesters arrested in New York, Denver, San Diego

Editor's note: The following are updates on Occupy Wall Street-style protests in the United States, including those in Denver - where some protesters were detained Friday morning - and New York, where authorities arrested some marchers after city officials canceled a plan to clear demonstrators' encampments at a city park.

[Updated at 12:32 p.m. ET] In San Diego, CNN affiliate KFMB broadcast images of police detaining demonstrators as they gathered amid tents and tarps strewn about a downtown plaza.

Protesters appeared to refuse to leave the area, sitting in columns atop the tarps and yelling, "Stay down" as police tried to remove them from the scene.

Police had warned the protesters to leave the area by Friday. They told protesters they were violating a city ordinance by setting up tents in a public area without a permit, and that they were in the way of a planned weekend event that is expected to draw hundreds of people in the same area, CNN affiliate KGTV reported.

[Updated at 11:05 a.m. ET] More details on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's revelation that the owners of Zuccotti Park - where protesters have been camping for weeks - decided against clearing the park Friday after they allegedly received threatening phone calls from city officials:

The mayor said on New York's WOR Radio that he didn't know which officials allegedly made the threats, but that the company decided to work out some form of a negotiated settlement with protesters in the coming days.

Bloomberg added that while he lacked first-hand knowledge of the conversations, he was told the officials generally threatened to "make life more difficult" for the real-estate company.

[Updated at 10:25 a.m. ET] Fourteen people were arrested Friday morning on or near Broadway in lower Manhattan, including protesters who obstructed traffic by standing or sitting down on the street, New York Police Department Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said.

Other people who were arrested had turned over trash baskets, knocked over a police scooter and hurled bottles, said Browne, who added that charges were pending.

Demonstrators were marching on Broadway on a day that city officials decided not to follow through on a plan to clear protesters from lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, where protesters have been camping for weeks.

[Updated at 10:08 a.m. ET] At least 24 protesters were arrested - many on allegations of criminal misconduct -  in Denver, Colorado, on Friday morning as state troopers cleared people from a park where protesters had been encamped, CNN affiliate KMGH reported, citing Denver and state police.

[Updated at 9:25 a.m. ET] Some protesters in Denver, Colorado, were detained Friday morning as state troopers began clearing them from a park where they'd been encamped, CNN affiliate KMGH reports.

Authorities had given protesters until 11 p.m. Thursday to clear the park, which is across the street from the state Capitol, KMGH reports.

Video from the scene, provided by KMGH, shows a few dozen protesters shouting toward a line of uniformed officers across the street from them.  Troopers were preventing protesters from returning to the park.

[Updated at 8:59 a.m. ET] The real-estate firm that owns New York's Zuccotti Park - where Occupy Wall Street protesters have been encamped for weeks - decided not to clear out protesters as planned Friday after the company was "inundated" with calls from public officials who threatened them, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says.

Bloomberg said during his weekly commentary on New York's WOR Radio that he didn't know which officials allegedly made the threats, but that the company decided to work out some form of a negotiated settlement with the protesters in the coming days.

Updated at 6:28 a.m. ET] The New York City mayor's office says a cleaning planned for Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, where Occupy Wall Street protesters are encamped, has been postponed. The move averts a potential showdown between demonstrators and police.

The New York mayor's office said Brookfield Properties, the owners of Zuccotti Park, told the city late Thursday the scheduled cleaning is off for now and "for the time being" they are "withdrawing their request" made earlier in the week for police assistance during the cleaning operation.

There had been fears of a standoff between New York officers tasked with clearing the park early Friday and protesters who wouldn't budge. The city had ordered the protesters to leave by 7 a.m. so crews could clean the park.

[Posted at 3:18 a.m. ET] Protesters camped out at a Manhattan park say they have no intention of vacating it despite an order from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to leave the premises by 7 a.m. Friday to allow for cleanup.

"We will passively resist and make it as difficult a process to remove us as possible," Occupy Wall Street spokesman Tyler Combelic said Thursday. "It's not an occupation if you can't occupy the park."

His words appeared to be backed up by the sentiment of the crowd of more than 1,000 protesters who filled Zuccotti Park Thursday night. "All day! All week! Occupy Wall Street!" they chanted.

Combelic called the mayor's announcement a "not-so-veiled attempt" to force protesters from the park, setting up a possible confrontation with authorities.

Protesters descended on the privately-owned park near the New York Stock Exchange on September 17 to protest the nation's ailing economy.

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  1. Pro tester

    Hay! I've got a great idea! Let's focus on the protesters themselves RATHER than on what they are protesting about. (like when someone posts something here and people focus on him as a person rather than what was posted) This sort of behavior is programmed into todays society. This program supports racism, for example. Where one even focuses just on a persons skin color rather than what the person is saying.

    October 14, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • ConTroll

      HEY! Look,= it 's our old friend Philip!

      October 14, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Pro tester

    How did it happen that we began to so narrowly focus our vision on people rather than principles? Example: focusing on the Iranian peoples to the point we might even be persuaded to go along with invading and occupying their country also. Have you ever even read what Iran's have to protest concerning US? Or have you judged the Iranian people based on heresay, and have already joined the mobs who wish to "tar and feather" them just like ignorant Americans who focused on black people for the color of their skin RATHER than the 'color' of theor voice?

    October 14, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • ConTroll

      Hi, Philip.

      October 14, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    I suppose thay would be just fine, if the said protester kept showing up on these blogs spewing sh!t and lies about the other protesters....

    October 14, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • OWStreeter

      I agree.

      October 14, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • ConTroll

      Yep, it's Philip!

      October 14, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Pro tester (how "it" happened) pg. 1

    "It" is the sunject of this, my latest "rant". "It" stands for how we as a peoples began focusing on individuals, RATHER than on what individuals have to say. "It" even has something to do with the renowned AREA 51, where many think that our own government found evidence of ET's and have copied their technology, and keep it a secret from US peoples. Area 51 came from the same place BAYER ASPIRIN did, not from outer-space as many suspect. (cont)

    October 14, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • ConTroll

      Hey, Philip, care to post your sources? LMAO!!

      October 14, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. ***Dude***

    What? Reffer moment?

    October 14, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • ConTroll

      He could use SOME kind of meds – or maybe he should stop – he's paranoid enough!

      October 14, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. Pro tester (how "it" happened) pg. 2

    (pls. ignore banasy focusing on me rather than my words. ty) Shortly after WW2, the NAZI secret weapons facility in Nordhauesen, Germany, was dismantled and brought back to the US, where the entire operation was reassymbled at AREA 51. And it wasn't just the weaponry, aircraft, and machinery to build them that was brought back to AREA 51. The NAZI scientists who designed them were brought back too. Proof? Citations? Take a close look at video of NASA's Apollo 11 program. Many of those men are well-lnown NAZI war criminals, including the father of NASA, Werner von Braun, a devout NAZI himself. (cont)

    October 14, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • OWStreeter

      She's not. NEXT.......

      October 14, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • ConTroll

      Philip fired the opening shot at banasy! Duck, banasy!

      October 14, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    "...decided not to clear out protesters as planned Friday after the company was ‚Äúinundated‚ÄĚ with calls from public officials who threatened them, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says."

    So...if I'm reading this correctly, even NY officials are supporting this protest?
    Interesting...

    October 14, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • OWStreeter

      That's exactly what is happening! Our voices are being heard!

      October 14, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. Pro tester (how "it" happened) pg. 2

    Sidebar: notice how banasy focuses on the protesters, RATHER than on what they are protesting about...just as our major media does. This is the "it" I refer to. How did "it" happen? Pls. follow-along as I explain. ty ūüôā

    October 14, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • OWStreeter

      No, banasy was commenting on a >point< you brought up. She's not focusing on you at all.

      October 14, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • ConTroll

      OOOOHHHHH! Shot number 2! Calling you by name again!

      October 14, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    @Pro Tester:

    I was commenting on the content.
    I said nothing you *you* personally.
    You have singled *me* out...

    October 14, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    **edited to read, I said nothing to *you* personally**

    October 14, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. Pro tester (how "it" happened) pg. 2

    @banasy...No, you have singled yourself out. I am just using the way that you go-about focusing on the protesters RATHER than on what they are protesting about to illutrate my point: Just as NAZI war criminals were brought-back to America and founded NASA (see above) NAZI chemists and pharmacists were brought-back as well, and founded modern-American Pharmakia. (pharmaceuticals prescribed for the depression that all abused children suffer from) May I continue now? ty

    October 14, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • OWStreeter

      No, noyou< said? Bear in mind, I am reading the messages, and this is what you are portraying.....

      October 14, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • OWStreeter

      Ooops meant to say you singled her out, not the other way around, and she isn't singling out anyone.....she has illustrated nothing but her tolerance for the things being said about her.

      October 14, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • ConTroll

      Three times! You did it three times now, Philip!!

      October 14, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2008/09/24/as-wall-street-is-transformed-a-reminder-from-aaron-russo/

    October 14, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    @Philip:
    No, I made a comment on you content before I fully realized it was you.
    Now you are singling me out again.
    Have a nice day.
    Going to work.
    Continue your rant.
    (Your words, not mine)

    October 14, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • ConTroll

      He won't listen! He's Philip!

      October 14, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    @philip:
    I SAID if said protester came on these blogs and started spewing lies, then yes, I would focus on the protester spewing the lies, not the lies he is spewing.
    Do you understand What I'm saying?
    When the "message" are abject lies, the message is null and void, and attention will be put on the one lying.
    This isn't about the protesters OWS, anyway.
    It was a hypothethical situatoion that YOU brought up, and I answered.

    Leave my name out of it.
    Please stop.

    October 14, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      "I SAID if said protester came on these blogs and started spewing lies, then yes, I would focus on the protester spewing the lies, not the lies he is spewing."

      Well said. No one is going to listen to a message that has proven to be a lie. It is natural to then question the veracity of the messenger. If the message is debunked, it follows logically that the messenger is a liar, also. To NOT focus attention to the person doing the lying is really giving tacit agreement to the lie.

      October 14, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • ConTroll

      Ooh< she's right, Philip! RE-JECTED!!!

      October 14, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. sweet jessica

    I think we should round all the protesters up then chop off their heads. If we did this publically it would put a stop to these hippy protesters. Just randomly choose 1 out of every 10 hippies and break out the chainsaw.

    October 14, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • OWStreeter

      You're a ray of sunshine, aren't you?

      October 14, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
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