Published on March 18th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
Dozens Arrested at Springtime Revival of Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park
Occupy Wall Street protests at the genesis site of Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan seemed to have waned, but after a mild winter, the anti-corporate movement reconvened at the downtown location on one of New York’s busiest days, St. Patrick’s Day.
And while protestors were out in force to reignite the movement, so too were the officers of the New York Police Department- earlier in the day, fifteen protester arrests were reported at the site, and by the end of the day, Reuters was reporting “dozens” of Occupiers taken into custody at the protests.
30-year-old Michael Premo identified himself to the news wire as an Occupy spokesperson, and commented:
“This is our spring offensive… People think the Occupy movement has gone away. It’s important for people to see we’re back.”
About 300 people were estimated to be present at Zuccotti Park at 11PM Saturday, and reportedly the protesters were setting up tents and encampments. Attendee Cari Machet commented:
“They came in to shut it down… They told us we had to leave because the park was closed.”
By midnight, the park had reportedly been cleared of Occupiers. Three officer injuries were reported.
[Image: Occupy Marines]