Occupy Wall Street: Protesters vow to keep up fight
Anti-Wall Street protesters vowed to keep up their fight yesterday despite the arrests of hundreds of people Saturday for blocking traffic lanes on the Brooklyn Bridge in an unauthorized protest.
Police issued nearly 800 summonses on Saturday to members of the Occupy Wall Street movement who took part in the march on the Brooklyn-bound lanes, which snarled traffic until the bridge was reopened hours later. Most of the protesters who were arrested were issued summonses and released.
The Occupy Wall Street movement is protesting against home foreclosures, high unemployment and the 2008 bank bailouts.
Occupy protests are being planned for Boston and Philadelphia. In Los Angeles, more than 100 protesters camped out in front of City Hall.
The fire department said it has been to the camp in Zuccotti Park to check for fire safety issues.
Members of the anti-Wall Street group have vowed to stay at the camp through the winter.
“Our concern is cooking, the use of propane tanks and garbage piling up,” said Frank Dwyer, a spokesman for the FDNY. “All we’re concerned about is that everybody is safe.”
During Saturday’s protest on the bridge, police used orange mesh nets to surround the marchers in what witnesses described as chaos, with protesters being handcuffed and taken off the bridge.
Protesters:?We were tricked!
While police say they warned protesters not to walk onto the Brooklyn Bridge via the vehicle ramp, some protesters said they were lured onto the ramp by a police escort. Police freely allowed them to walk onto the bridge and then handcuffed them, some said. Videos surfaced over the weekend that show officers walking over the bridge in front of the protesters, but police said they warned the crowds to get off.