The Occupy Wall Street protests continue to gain media attention as thousands marched towards the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday, leading to hundreds of arrests by the NYPD, and the closure of the bridge.
A freelance reporter for the New York Times, Natasha Lennard, was among those arrested. “’They can’t arrest us all, right?’ Asks protester. I think they can,” Lennard wrote on her Twitter a couple hours before her own arrest.
Saturday’s demonstration began at about 4 p.m. when demonstrators tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge and were arrested for blocking the roadway. The exact number of arrests has not yet been released by the NYPD.
“Protesters who used the Brooklyn Bridge walkway were not arrested,” head police spokesman, Paul J. Browne, told the New York Times. “Those who took over the Brooklyn-bound roadway, and impeded vehicle traffic, were arrested.”
The Occupy Wall Street protests have been garnering increased media attention, due in part to the appearances of filmmaker Michael Moore and actress Susan Sarandon.
The protests, which began on September 17, are to oppose corporate greed and to bring attention to the misdeeds of Wall Street. While the protests have been based in New York, they are now beginning to spread to other cities including Los Angeles, Albuquerque and Chicago.