NYC sit-in arrest figure revised downward
Occupy Wall Street protesters surge toward police at New York's Zuccotti Park on Thursday morning.
November 17th, 2011
08:54 PM ET

NYC sit-in arrest figure revised downward

[Updated at 8:53 p.m. ET] A total of 245 Occupy Wall Street demonstrators were arrested Thursday in New York, including 64 arrested during an early evening sit-in on Centre Street near Foley Square in lower Manhattan, a police spokesman said.

Earlier Thursday, New York police spokesman and protest organizers said that 99 people were arrested during the same sit-in. In fact, 64 were arrested - all of them wearing 99% t-shirts - in that incident.

[Updated at 6:54 p.m. ET] New York police arrested 99 more Occupy Wall Street protesters early Thursday evening, a high-ranking member of the city police department said. Earlier Thursday, police said 177 people had been arrested.

Occupy Wall Street organizers had said that 99 people were prepared to be sit down in a street and be arrested - a symbolic number, as the activists purport to represent the interests of 99% of the nation's population, as opposed to the wealthiest 1%.

[Updated at 5:35 p.m. ET] Several people have been charged with felonies in connection to incidents that have occurred at recent Occupy Denver protests, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey told CNN.

Two people were charged in connection to incidents that took place on November 13, and one was charged in connection to an incident on October 29. The felony charges include inciting a riot and second-degree assault on a peace officer.

News of the Denver charges came on a day that the Occupy movement has called its national "mass day of action", which has involved protests in several large U.S. cities, marking two months since the Occupy movement began in New York.

In New York on Thursday, 177 people were arrested during Occupy protests, and five police officers were injured when a liquid was thrown on their faces during confrontations with protesters, police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

In Portland, Oregon, 25 people were arrested Thursday morning at the east end of the Steel Bridge, where Occupy Portland protesters were gathered, police Lt. Robert King said. All 25 were cited with disorderly conduct.

[Updated at 4:32 p.m. ET] The number of protesters arrested during "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrations in New York on Thursday has reached 177, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

Five police officers were injured when a liquid was thrown on their faces during confrontations with protesters, Kelly said. The officers experienced a burning on their faces, but were able to wash off the unknown substance at a nearby hospital.

Thursday was the occupy movement's national "mass day of action", marking two months since the movement began in New York. Hundreds of protesters participated in New York on Thursday - their first major show of strength since police evicted demonstrators from Zuccotti Park, where a court has said they may demonstrate but no longer camp out.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said "some protesters today deliberately pursued violence," but added that most were peaceful and have "caused minimal disruptions to our city."

Protesters in New York demonstrated Thursday morning at their former home base, while others marched toward the New York Stock Exchange. Other planned events in New York included "occupy the subways," a plan to gather at 16 hubs at 3 p.m.; and "take the square" at 5 p.m., a reference to Foley Square, across from City Hall. Organizers also plan a march across the Brooklyn Bridge after the gathering at Foley Square.

Clashes between protesters and police happened Thursday at Zuccotti Park - where demonstrators were trying to lift barricades - and on a street in Lower Manhattan.

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[Updated at 3 p.m. ET] About 175 Occupy Wall Street protesters have been arrested in New York on Thursday, a day that demonstrators have called a national "mass day of action", New York police said.

Seven New York police officers have been injured during clashes with protesters, police spokesman Paul Browne said.

Demonstrations in New York and other U.S. cities, such as Los Angeles, Dallas and Portland, Oregon, were marking two months since the movement began in New York.

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[Updated at 2:40 p.m. ET] Demonstrators and police clashed on a street in Lower Manhattan on Thursday afternoon, according to CNN producer Brian Vitagliano, who was at the scene. Four ambulances and a separate emergency response vehicle responded to the incident.

[Updated at 1:54 p.m. ET] Occupy Wall Street demonstrators and police have scuffled again Thursday in New York's Zuccotti Park, where waves of protesters faced off against columns of police in and around the Lower Manhattan park.

Thursday afternoon's scuffling - following a morning confrontation at the park - came as police attempted to put up metal barricades.

Protesters had lifted metal barricades in the morning, defying authorities and blocking traffic

[Updated at 1:34 p.m. ET] Twenty-five people have been arrested at an Occupy protest in Los Angeles on Thursday morning, police Officer Rosario Herrera tells CNN.

The arrests came on what Occupy Wall Street protesters are calling a national "mass day of action" meant to mark two months since the movement began.

In Los Angeles, two people were arrested on suspicion of interfering with police officers, and 23 people were arrested on suspicion of unlawful assembly.

A heavy police presence also he been put in place in New York, where about 75 protester arrests were reported Thursday morning; Dallas; and Portland, Oregon.

In Dallas, CNN affiliate WFAA broadcast images of police sweeping through city squares where protesters had been gathering and camping. In Portland, protesters' plans for Thursday include "occupy banks." "Let's shut them down!" the organizing website says.

Large groups of demonstrators gathered in front of Portalnd's downtown hotels, carrying placards and chanting, "We are the 99%."

[Updated at 11:52 a.m. ET] New York police have arrested about 75 demonstrators Thursday, many of whom were detained on streets near the New York Stock Exchange, authorities say.

The arrests came on what Occupy Wall Street protesters are calling a national "mass day of action" meant to mark two months since the movement began. The "mass day of action" also comes two days after police temporarily evicted protesters from New York's Zuccotti Park and a court order prohibited demonstrators from camping there.

On Thursday morning, protesters had gathered outside the New York Stock Exchange, where some had said they hoped to disrupt the opening bell. But security was tight, and the stock exchange opened as scheduled.

Residents and employees are using identification cards and badges to access Wall Street areas near the Exchange, as police have erected barricades around the area, said police spokesman Paul Browne.

[Initial post, 11:26 a.m. ET] Occupy Wall Street demonstrators lifted metal barricades at Zuccotti Park in New York Thursday, as police scuffled with hundreds of protesters swarming the Lower Manhattan park.

The crowd, having tried to remove the barricades from some places at the park, could be seen surging forward against and standing face-to-face with a large police presence.

By late Thursday morning, authorities had arrested up to 60 demonstrators in New York, police spokesperson Paul Browne said.

Police say at least four police officers were rushed by ambulance to a nearby hospital after an unidentified liquid was thrown at them

soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. kennspace

    Capitalize On This Occupation

    Too big to fail;

    Is failing.

    Too big to fail;

    Is not success.

    Too big to fail;

    is a failure literalized.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prove me wrong...

      Tell it to the President, he likes giving corporations, like solyndra, and banks money. While you're at it you might want to look into Pelosi's insider information activities.

      November 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @Prove me wrong Bush gave corporation money and legislation to oil companies, insurance co. and dereged banks for the failure to happen. He also was the one who gave the 1st tarp to the banks without repayment and started the second which went into effect after Obama came into office. Obama had put in a plan on the second one for repayment.
      Before they showed Nancy P. they showed Boehner and asked him about his insider trading. Eric Cantor has a portfolio that wins when we americans lose. So he is reeping in the money by betting against america. Kinda one sided your post? Eh?

      November 18, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. candy cano

    The world is watching this

    November 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Whom did Rosa Parks strike when she was on the bus?

    November 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Perry

    This is getting absolutely insane. I hope people can be peaceful, but I definitely feel their frustrations. The veil has been lifted on those who write the laws. We can no longer allow them to operate on business as usual.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prove me wrong...

      Until last year Democrats had control of the House, Senate, and Executive Branch. Let them know you are upset with them.

      November 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @Prove me wrong- the rebublicans had the house and senate for 15 year and 6 with Bush in the house. They managed to deregulate banks, and hve them fail on their watch, make insurance go up 78% in 10 years, cause the biggest failure in foreclosures, jobs were steadily going down in those years. Then the house and senate went democrat in 2007, Bush refused stem cell research and any legislation they put before him. For 2 years Obama tried to get legislation passed to help the melt down. Then the Congress became republican in 2010, they have done less than any other legislative branch to hurt Obama. We will see you at the polls.

      November 18, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. candy cano

    November 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rolf T. Watness

    We have lost our Executive Branch. We have lost our Legislative Branch. We have lost our Judicial Branch.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Barry G.

    When our politicians serve the interests of the richest 1%, to the neglect and detriment of the remaining 99%, we’re in trouble.

    When the rich can use lobbyists to get our politicians to give them favors and preferential treatment, we’re in serious trouble.

    When politicians leave office and then go and work for lobbying firms, making upwards of $1,000,000 to $2,000,000, annually, to influence our leaders, we’re in very serious trouble.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dean

    Quick Idea (strategy) that popped into my head while watching video of protesters taking down metal barricades. Buy locks and chains, and once barricades are taken down, chain (lock) them together ,to lightposts, parking meters, etc, or any other object to immobilize them for immediate use.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Excellent idea! That would also be great for the "Locks and Chains" industry...

      November 17, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mad Marnigan

    The world is changing as we know it. 99%???? How about us 90% of the 99% that are making the lifstyle changes and work for minimum wage. So, protesters, just buckle up, hold on tight. It's going to get worse before it gets better. With this in mind, just go to the local fast food joint, grocery store, 7/11, farm,or go where the jobs are and put an application in, accept the wage you're givin, and get back to work. Or are you kids afraid of hard work to make a living?
    I hear North Dakota needs help. Bring your tents you're going to need em'.
    Funny how just a few thousand people out of the millions to protest, make a stink, and the rest of us end up cleaning thier mess. Really? 99%

    November 17, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I agree with voices from all sides of Zuccotti Park.
    Some of Obama's actions were terrible: Solyndra and bailing out the banks while allowing the ruination of many of their customers were only two.
    I agree with BOMBO on many points, and I do think that he is fortunate to live in Canada at this time.
    No POV is completely right: I see enormous corruption in corporations, the MIC, enti-
    lement programs, banks, Wall Street brokers, and unions.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Barry G.

    I think that people are finally waking up and realizing that something stinks.

    Good for the American people!

    November 17, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ArtistCHD

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    2. HIV vs AIDS!! The truest correct answers actionalized! Later on read: Plus+ listen to my musical sound tracks theme songs MP3: = Wealthy words of worldly warfare weaponized wrathful wisdom! Humanity is under attacks and assaults by media man made mentalities, manufactured myths = MENTAL VIRONS = "Mind Viruses" x pathogen + psychogons by Supremacy Superiority Superpower Sickness Syndromes. Traveling silently through the terrorist reptile religious political snake serpents of the sorcerers sick sinister satanic SYSTEM SATAN. .So sanely, sensibley, safely and securely arm your selves with this truest knowledge!!!

    November 17, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prove me wrong....

      Wow dude! Please get back on your meds.

      November 17, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Barry G.

    I wonder what Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Payne would say about the protests that are taking place.

    November 17, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prove me wrong....

      TJ and TP would cry about the impact of government and it's reach. Truly they would want to crawl back into the grave.

      November 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bigwilliestyles

    @ JIF: the tarp was the brain child of the Bush administration (Treasury secretary Paulson), not President Obama. But I'm sure an educated man like yourself already knew that; so why are you spreading disinformation?

    November 17, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prove me wrong....

      TARP, TARP, TARP, blah blah blah, Almost all moneys paid into TARP under Bush were repaid>>> OH! except for what Timothy Geither and Barack Obama spent. Try again, most of the lost stimulus spending belongs to the Obama Administration.

      November 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Perry Used his stimulus to pay off his Texas debt and many of the republicans gave it back, in refusal to put jobs to work or put roads to nowhere in place.

      November 18, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Bush spent 10 trillion and he did not make provisions to pay back the taxpayers. Obama was the one who put in to pay the taxpayers back on the Auto industry. Proved you wrong again.

      November 18, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. theduke1958

    if it was wrong to use force on protesters in egypt,syria or by ghadafi why is it ok in north america

    November 17, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prove me wrong....

      Who said that? I think public opinion and maybe our Government was against opening fire on protesters, making them disappear, and human rights violations, but I don't think the generic use of "force" or lawful quelling of civil disobedience, like what was used in Great Britain recently, were ever called into question. Try to keep up, I know that sometimes it's confusing to most people.

      November 17, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
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