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Police Respond With Aggression to Wall Street Protests

Protesters claim 80 arrests were made Saturday as the occupation of Wall Street by scores of mostly young demonstrators turned violent, with police corralling, wrestling and appearing to pepper-spray participants. The arrests were made near Union Square after demonstrators made an impromptu march up Broadway in Lower Manhattan. The action can be seen in videos cropping up on YouTube.

WNYC radio reported that the arrests were mostly for “disorderly conduct, obstructing vehicular and pedestrian traffic, resisting arrest and, in one case, assaulting a police officer, the police said.”

In response to the aggressive tactics used by police, organizers of the protest on their website Sunday demanded the arrest of one officer and the resignation of Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. –ARK

The Huffington Post:

Tensions are rising at the Occupy Wall Street protest, currently in its eighth day, as organizers for the protest claim that 80 have been arrested. Eyewitness accounts report that “dozens” have been arrested. Police would not confirm the exact number. Videos and eyewitness accounts show violent clashing between protesters and the police.

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