They’re baaaack…the Occupy Wall Street marchers, that is, and they’re getting busted again.
About 250 people marched through New York City, Saturday and down Broadway, accompanied by probably almost that many police officers on foot, cars and on scooters, according to the New York Times.
And just like a year ago, a lot of them are behind bars tonight. Police aren’t saying officially how many people got arrested, but onlookers said maybe 15 were handcuffed and hauled away.
But the marchers were still pissed off and they kept on marching, chanting a slogan not heard since last year: “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out,” and “We are the 99 percent.”
And some people in the crowd said officers looked like they were pointing out specific rabblerousers to arrest. By the time the march reached Zuccotti Park, a woman was arrested on Broadway near Wall Street when she tried to burn an American flag and got into a fight with a man who tried to stop her. A crowd formed and eventually the officers were able to push the marchers toward the park.
Finally, by about 8:30 p.m., officers had had enough — it was about three hours into the march at that point, and started arresting even more people. But the rallies aren’t over. The protesters plan to remain there through the weekend commemorating the original Occupy Wall Street, which started in Manhattan last Sept. 7, when protesters camped inside Zuccotti Park complaining about the financial system favoring the rich and powerful — or the “One Percent.”