Police in New York arrested more than 200 anti-capitalist protesters on
Thursday during a rally to mark the two-month anniversary of the Occupy
Wall Street movement.
Police were able to prevent the smaller than expected crowd from
disrupting the city's financial district early in the day. But the crowd
eventually grew to several thousand when union workers joined an evening
march over New York's iconic Brooklyn Bridge.
Although the protests were mostly peaceful, authorities said seven
police officers were injured during clashes between demonstrators and
The mass demonstration took place two days after the city evicted
protesters from lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, where the movement
began in September with a small group of people protesting economic
inequality and corporate greed.
The protesters were later allowed to return to the square, but were
prohibited from camping overnight.
New York protests were part of a global “Day of Action” that saw similar
demonstrations in Los Angeles, California and Portland, Oregon, as well
as other major U.S. cities.
Occupy Wall Street activists have vowed to continue the movement,
despite the colder weather and increased instances of forced evictions
from public spaces.
Overseas, anti-capitalist demonstrators camped outside St. Paul's
Cathedral in London refused to leave despite the expiration of a
Thursday deadline for them to take down their tents or face legal
In the U.S., tension between demonstrators and local authorities has
escalated as police clear protester encampments. The clearing of the
Occupy camp in New York follows similar evictions in Portland, Atlanta
as well as Oakland .