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Occupy Wall Street: Protesters in it for the Long Haul
Three days ago more than 700 anti-Wall Street activists were arrested in New York amid chaotic scenes on the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge.
The activist, many of whom have been camped out in Manhattan for two weeks were detained on Saturday during their biggest demonstration yet against government-backed banking bail-outs and corporate greed.
The demonstrators are protesting against social inequality and the corporate involvement with the current economic crisis. The group has been camped near the US financial district for over two weeks. This was not the first clash with law enforcement, however it was the most significant due to the amount of people arrested.
The protesters forced a temporary closure of the Brooklyn Bridge when they marched into traffic lanes, prompting dozens of arrests.
Since the mass arrest on the Brooklyn Bridge a growing number of protests, occupations, have sprouted all over the country. Cities such as Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles have announced their solidarity with the protesters on Wall Street.
The protesters have gone on record stating that they have been inspired by the pro-democracy Arab Spring movements and have no intentions on ending their demonstrations.
Written by Evan Shamar. Contributors: AP, NY Times.