Occupy Wall Street roared back to life on the streets of Lower Manhattan Monday morning in a protest that coalesced in the Winter Garden of the World Financial Center.
At least 17 people were arrested after police confronted the protesters, according to the New York Times, in the site, which is owned by Brookfield Properties, which became infamous as the owner of former OWS headquarters Zuccotti Park.
About 200 people showed up for the protest after staging a protest at the Goldman Sachs building nearby, the Times reported, during which they invoked Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi's famous story on the company in which he said likened it to a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.
The protesters proceeded from Golman Sach to the Winter Garden, where they chanted in the atrium and laid out banners expressing solidarity with the greater Occupy movement before police began to move in, the Times said.
We thought we would come over and give Brookfield a direct message, Occupy Wall Street organizer Bill Dobbs told the Times.
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Police and security officers showed up and instructed the protest participants to leave the area if they wanted to avoid arrest, the Times said, then proceeded to push protesters through the garden, down a staircase and out through a door. The arrests were made at that point, and one man was pounced on by several officers, the Times reported, adding that about 10 men and seven women were arrested during the scrum.