Sunday, October 2, 2011

Brooklyn Bridge: Hundreds of Wall Street protesters arrested after march forces police to close crossing - 2nd Oct 2011

The Brooklyn Bridge was yesterday shut down and more than 700 people arrested after protesters camping out near Wall Street spilled on to New York landmark and blocked traffic.

In a tense showdown, police took swift action - cuffing and dragging hundreds to the sidings - after many of the protesters risked being hit by cars by moving from the walkway on to the road.

A large group of marchers, who are rallying against corporate greed, broke off from others on the bridge's pedestrian walkway and headed across the Brooklyn-bound lanes.

Head police spokesman Paul J. Browne told the New York Times: 'Protesters who used the Brooklyn Bridge walkway were not arrested.Those who took over the Brooklyn-bound roadway, and impeded vehicle traffic, were arrested.'

Things came to a head when the march - which was going from Zuccotti Park to Lower Manhattan - reached the bridge. Read More