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700 arrested on Brooklyn Bridge in NYC

Occupy Wall St. protesters say they were duped by police


 

Guy Godfree/Maclean's

About 700 of the demonstrators taking part in the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City were arrested late Saturday during a march across the Brooklyn Bridge.

In a statement, NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne said protesters received multiple warnings by police to stay on the pedestrian walkway, and were told that if they took the roadway they would be arrested. “Some complied and took the walkway without being arrested,” Browne said. “Others proceeded on the Brooklyn-bound vehicular roadway and were.”

Protesters dispute Browne’s account of the events. Many of those present at the march say they were duped by the NYPD. “The NYPD started leading protesters onto the roadway,” says Michael Pellagatti, 24, who was arrested and held in a public transit bus for four hours before spending the night in a jail cell in Brooklyn. “My ticket says, ‘blocking vehicular traffic’ but I don’t understand that. The NYPD was already blocking off traffic to begin with,” Pellagatti told Maclean’s, showing off his ticket and plasti-cuffs. “We had the general sense that they were blocking the street to allow us to cross to Brooklyn.”

The Occupy Wall Street protest in downtown Manhattan started two weeks ago after activists responded to a call by Adbusters magazine. The Vancouver-based publication encouraged readers to start a movement against the financial system they say brought down the U.S. economy in 2008. As of Sunday morning, some 200 protesters had spent the night in a makeshift encampment in Zuccotti Park—a stone’s throw from Wall Street—which has come to serve as the nerve centre for the budding movement.


 

700 arrested on Brooklyn Bridge in NYC

  1. “…protesters received multiple warnings by police to stay on the pedestrian walkway…”

    What part of “stay on the pedestrian walkway” caused these people to be duped? Oh yeah….they’re the same idiots who wanted to protest the business section of the city, “Occupy Wall Street”, by getting on a bridge on a Saturday. Not too bright to begin with. They probably have no clue what they’re protesting anyway.

  2. so um, TAKE THE TRAIN to bk.

  3. “The Occupy Wall Street protest in downtown Manhattan started two weeks ago after activists responded to a call by Adbusters magazine”

    Seriously? Because of that pedantic hipster fodder? I’d like to see how big the crowds would have gotten if American Apparel, Vice magazine, Moleskine and Pabst Blue Ribbon had joined the call.

    The funny thing is, is that Wall Street is what makes all those protesters trust funds possible.

    • You are so incredibly deluded.

      • I’ve never subscribed to far left and far right conspiracy theories, like 911 Truther movement, the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” anti-Semites, or the “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” nuts.
        So I suppose in the eyes of a frothing fruit-loop, I would seem deluded.

  4. You are so predictable killsmith I guess you missed the rest of the article?

    … “The NYPD started leading protesters onto the roadway,”…

    … The NYPD was already blocking off traffic to begin with,”…

    killsmith are you paid to spread your right wing spin doctor propaganda on this site?

    I found it refreshing to see people taking action in this ‘current version’ of society. It is a rare thing, almost like a flashback to the 60s…

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