Clash Near Wall St. After Park Showdown Averted

Source: CBS News

NEW YORK – Just a few hours after protesters learned they’d be able to stay indefinitely at the lower Manhattan plaza where they’ve been camped out for a month, police and protesters clashed after the demonstrators marched away from the plaza, CBS News station WCBS-TV reports.

Protesters, apparently jubilant over being able to stay in the plaza named Zuccotti Park after their furious cleanup efforts, took their brooms, flags and signs and started fanning out at around 7:30 a.m.

Radio station WINS-AM reported the protesters were saying things to the effect that now that they’d cleaned up the park, they were going to clean up Wall Street.

A group of protesters headed south on Broadway toward the New York Stock Exchange, carrying their brooms. Police were taken off-guard, WINS-AM reported. The group swelled quickly and wound up in a standoff with police as they tried to gain access to Wall Street.

There are barricades and mounted police around the exchange. Police urged protesters to stay out of the street and stay on the sidewalk.

Police scooters in a V-shaped formation moved toward the protesters in the standoff. One man lost his balance and was run over by a police scooter. He screamed before kicking the scooter over to free his foot, according to The Associated Press. Police descended on the protester and got him out from under the bike, but violence broke out. Some witnesses told WINS-AM that the man was beaten during the arrest.

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