Authorities foil NY protest bid to shut Wall Street

Police barricade narrow streets around New York Stock Exchange, push protesters onto sidewalk with battons; about 75 people arrested.

By REUTERS
November 17, 2011 20:32
2 minute read.
police thwart Occupy Wall Street protest

police thwart Occupy Wall Street plans_311. (photo credit: Reuters)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

NEW YORK - Hundreds of people protesting against economic inequality marched in New York's financial district on Thursday and there were minor skirmishes with police, but authorities thwarted their bid to shut down Wall Street.

Police barricaded the narrow streets around the New York Stock Exchange and used batons to push protesters onto the sidewalk as they marched through the area during the morning rush hour to prevent financial workers getting to their desks.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
Judge upholds eviction of Wall Street protesters

Protesters banged drums and yelled "We are the 99 percent" -- referring to their contention that the US political system benefits only the richest 1 percent. Some chanted at police: "You're sexy, you're blue, now take off that riot suit."

"I feel like this is a beautiful moment to take back our streets," said Rachel Falcone, 27, from Brooklyn. "We need to prove we can exist anywhere. It's gone beyond a single neighborhood, it's really an idea."

About 75 people were arrested, police said, but by 11 a.m. local time protesters had returned to nearby Zuccotti Park, which had been the two-month-old Occupy Wall Street movement's camp headquarters before police evicted them from the space on Tuesday.

The New York Stock Exchange opened on time and was operating normally.

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:




The turnout for the march on Wall Street, which kicked off a day of action in New York and elsewhere in the United States, fell short of expectations by a spokesman for the protesters and city officials for tens of thousands of people.

"We certainly want to see more people mobilize and show up," said Occupy Wall Street spokesman Jeff Smith. "It was a fantastic turnout, we occupied corners and intersections all over downtown."

Protesters are also planning to take their protest to 16 subway hubs later on Thursday, then return to City Hall for a rally before marching across the Brooklyn Bridge. Last month, more than 700 people were arrested during a similar march across the bridge after some protesters blocked traffic.

The support of labor unions and liberal group Moveon.org could boost numbers at the New York City Hall rally.

In Los Angeles, hundreds of protesters and union members marched through the city's financial district chanting "Whose streets? Our streets" in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, while in Dallas more than a dozen people were arrested when police shut down their six-week-old camp near City Hall.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

HUMAN RIGHTS activists hold pictures of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest outside th
November 15, 2018
U.S. announces sanctions for 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing

By REUTERS