Brutal arrests at 'Occupy Wall Street' protest - November 17th 2011





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Published on Nov 17, 2011

From: Russia Today
Brutal arrests at OWS protest (VIDEO)
Published: 17 November, 2011, 18:14
The peaceful Occupy Wall Street protest has turned violent yet again. Over 100 people have been arrested in NYC and an RT producer attacked by police. Rallies throughout the United States are marking two months since the beginning of the movement.

RT producer Lucy Kafanov, who is on site in New York, is reporting arrests amid clashes between police and protesters. There have been multiple reports that police have used LRAD (sound cannons) on the protesters.

Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) is a distance noise-emitting device and non-lethal crowd control weapon, able to direct sounds painful to humans to localized areas.

"Mass arrests & violence on Broad and Beaver. Officer hit my arm with club. Another photog got shoved. Police beat protesters," says Kafanov's tweet. It seems not only the protesters that get beaten but members of the press too.

A moment later she writes: "Five more beaten and dragged before me. Crowd shouting 'shame!'"

Kafanov tweets that those without work ID cannot enter Wall Street. At the same time, an RT cameraman reports violence on Broadway.

Protesters are determined to get their point across. Many are ready to get arrested for their cause. They are blocking streets and access to businesses. Kafanov tweets that a "guy is mad that he can't get to his Starbucks. Grandmas locked arms. Crowd shouting 'this is bigger than you!'" Kafanov calls it mayhem.

There are reports of protesters getting inside the operating NYSE. They have been immediately arrested and loaded into vans.
Occupy Protests Coordinated Nationwide

by The Associated Press
November 17, 2011

Demonstrations of Occupy Wall Street protesters popped up from coast to coast Thursday to mark two months since the movement's birth in a lower Manhattan park. Dozens of protesters were arrested by midday near Wall Street in New York, while hundreds of protesters marched in the financial district in Los Angeles.

A few hundred demonstrators paraded through lower Manhattan for several hours Thursday morning, and about 50 to 60 were arrested as they thronged intersections near the New York Stock Exchange, brokerage houses and banks.

"All day, all week, shut down Wall Street!" the crowd chanted.

Helmeted officers hauled several protesters to their feet after they sat down in the street to block traffic. Most of the crowd then assembled in Zuccotti Park, from which the protesters' camp was evicted this week. There were more rallies planned later in the day.

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