Occupy Wall Street protesters are arrested in New York, march on Key Bridge in D.C.

November 17, 2011

Occupy D.C. protesters have mostly stayed in the District’s McPherson Square, but today they’ll leave their encampment for a different destination, as the Post’s Katie Rogers reports:

Marking a national day of action in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement, Occupy D.C. protesters are planning to march to the Key Bridge in Georgetown this afternoon. ... Protesters are saying they’ve chosen Key Bridge to protest “the deterioration of our public infrastructure and public services.” This morning, John Lisle, a spokesman for the District Department of Transportation, told the Dr. Gridlock blog that the Key Bridge is no longer structurally deficient.

In New York, the city where to protests first took hold, demonstrators are marking the movement’s two-month anniversary. The Associated Press reports:

At least 175 people were arrested in New York, many for blocking streets near the New York Stock Exchange. One man was taken into custody for throwing liquid, possibly vinegar, into the faces of several police officers, authorities said. Police in Los Angeles arrested 23 people. ... Chanting “All day, all week, shut down Wall Street,” more than 1,000 demonstrators gathered near the NYSE and staged sit-ins at several intersections. Helmeted police broke up some of the clusters, but most of the crowd reassembled in Zuccotti Park, where the encampment that served as the unofficial headquarters of the Occupy movement was broken up by police earlier this week.

On the West Coast, police arrested 23 protesters Thursday at a Los Angeles offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The Associated Press reports:

The group, chiefly a coalition of labor unions, gathered between the Bank of America tower and Wells Fargo Plaza, chanting “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out.” The protesters then marched several blocks and occupied an intersection, where police finally declared an unlawful assembly.

The demonstration dissipated after the arrests.

Good Jobs LA, a coalition that includes labor organizations, community groups and others, organized the protest.

Meanwhile, politicians are struggling to make sense of the movement and to determine whether they’re in favor of it. Democrats, in particular, are in a delicate position, as the Associated Press reports:

Democrats and Occupy Wall Street share similar concerns about economic inequality. But while the Republican Party and the tea party were a natural political pairing, Democrats have been reluctant to cast their lot with Occupy agitators who confront police and squat in public encampments.

Thursday’s mass demonstrations in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere were a stark reminder of why the Occupy movement remains a minefield for Democrats, even as polling continues to show public support for its message.

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