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Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 09/26/2011

‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests may grow Monday after weekend arrests (video)

This post has been updated.

After 80 people participating in the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations were arrested in lower Manhattan Saturday and at least five hit with pepper spray or mace, protesters took a “day of rest” Sunday and prepared for Monday’s protests.


Police carry away a participant in a march organized by “Occupy Wall Street” in New York on Saturday. (Tina Fineberg - AP)
The demonstrators are calling for changes in American social and economic policies.

Guy Steward, 18, told a New York newspaper that after the “mass police brutality” of Saturday, “morale is as high as it can be” and that the protesters ranks have grown.

Protesters have been reinvigorated in part by videos shared that showed people being maced and arrested on and around Wall Street.

Police said most of the arrests were for blocking traffic, and one person was charged with assaulting an officer. The Daily Beast reports that NYPD is now facing criticism about what may have been excessive force.

Watch the videos, many have them posted on the Occupy Wall Street site, below:

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Update, 1:07 p.m.

Social news curator Storyful reports that the Occupy Wall Street protests have now successfully spread to at least three major cities across the U.S.

On Twitter, those groups are being organized at#OccupyBoston@OWSLosAngeles and@occupychicago,. and under an umbrella organization @OccupyTogether.

Update, 3:08 p.m.

New York blog the Gothamist reports that NYPD may be specifically targeting photographers and videographers for arrest.

Two protestors who were maintaining a live video feed of the Occupy Wall Street protests were arrested Saturday, and one of them claimed that she was detained only because she was holding a camera. 

Times' Up! photographer Barbara Ross said a NYPD officer repeatedly warned her that she would be arrested unless she started marching with the protesters. Gothamist photographer Jim Kiernan said police were “definitely” targeting anyone with a camera.

Protesters are legally allowed to film a demonstation or arrest, but as NYCLU spokesperson Jennifer Carnig told Gothamist: “You cannot interfere with police action, i.e. get in the middle of an arrest to take a photo or make a video.”

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