After allowing marchers from the Occupy Wall Street protests to claim the Brooklyn-bound car lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge and get partway across, the police cut the marchers off and arrested dozens of demonstrators Saturday afternoon.Lock 'em up on Riker's Island and let them enjoy some capitalist hospitality. They'll fit right in.
At 4:35, perhaps 500 people were caught on the bridge between orange nets, about a third of the way across to Brooklyn. The police let some of them walk back to Manhattan. Others on the roadway clambered dangerously up the structure of the bridge to get to the wooden pedestrian walkway, which is about 15 feet above the road.
A freelance reporter working for The Times, Natasha Lennard, sent an e-mail at 4:58 saying, “I’m being arrested.”
Some marchers chanted “Hey hey, ho ho, corporate greed has got to go” as they were handcuffed.
Around 5 p.m., the police cleared all pedestrians off the footpath.
Police Department highway cars escorted as many as 10 Department of Correction buses from Rikers Island to Lower Manhattan in preparation for what one law enforcement official said was “a planned move on the protesters.”
Saturday, October 01, 2011
No, it's not a headline from 1967, but from 2011: