(NEWSER) – The “Occupy” movement has spread a lot further than Wall Street—as have the arrests. Protests inspired by the ongoing anti-big business demonstrations in New York took place in cities across the US yesterday, including Los Angeles, Portland, Cleveland, Las Vegas, Houston, and Washington, DC, and organizers say this could be just the beginning. There were arrests throughout the country, too: The Sacramento Bee reports that about 19 protestors, who were sitting in front of the entrance to Cesar Chavez Park, were arrested shortly after midnight.
Around the same time in San Francisco, cops busted up a camp outside the Federal Reserve Bank building, dismantling tents and arresting one protester who allegedly assaulted a cop, reports the Chronicle. In Los Angeles, KTLA reports that 10 protesters were arrested yesterday afternoon after refusing to leave a Bank of America branch, where they were among those who tried to cash an oversize $673 billion check made out to the “people of California.” But the fresh arrests haven’t been limited to California. On Wednesday night, 25 people who refused to break down their camp in a Seattle park were arrested, reports KIRO.
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Watch out for a fake twitter account titled @occupywailst, spelled with an I and not an L currently trying to discredit our movement.
UPDATE 10:09 - At least twenty arrested.
UPDATE 10:33 - Liberty Square is kettled.
UPDATE 10:40 - Liberty Square is still barricaded on all four sides but police are now allowing protesters in and out.
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#OCCUPYWALLSTREET Protest Arrests; Local NY News Crew Hit by Mace, Baton
The protests on Wall Street continue to grow. The rallies and their participants are showing no signs of slowing down. Wednesday evening, crowds surged past barriers and NYPD officers moved in to contain the protesters. By many accounts, mayhem broke out.
Officers swatted protesters with batons and sprayed them with mace, according to video from the scene.
Fox 5 photographer Roy Isen was hit in the eyes by mace, and Fox 5 reporter Dick Brennan was hit by what he believes was an officer’s baton.
Both were all right and continued to cover the protests and arrests.
Cops arrested dozens of protesters, but the final tally was not known.
Author and activist Naomi Klein (No Logo; The Shock Doctrine) plans to join #OCCUPYWALLSTREET on Wednesday.