Hundreds of protesters march on NY's Wall Street

November 17, 2011 17:32

NEW YORK - Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters marched through New York's financial district toward the stock exchange on Thursday to protest economic inequality at the heart of American capitalism.

Scores of police barricaded the narrow streets around the stock exchange and used batons to push the protesters onto the sidewalk as they marched from a nearby park in a bid to prevent financial workers from getting to their desks.

Chanting "We are the 99 percent" -- a reference to their contention that the US political system benefits only the richest 1 percent -- the protesters broke off into groups and tried to enter Wall Street from various points.

By 10 a.m. (1500 GMT), New York Police spokesman Paul Browne said, about 50 people had been arrested at various locations in the financial district, mainly for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

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