As Occupy Wall Street entered its second week of protest marches, around 80 protesters were arrested on Saturday.
The arrests were made as the propesters marched from their encampment in Zuccotti Park to Union Square, for disorderly conduct and obstructing vehicular and pedestrian traffic in addition to one for assaulting a police officer, according to police.
While the number of protesters seemed to shrink from the initial 2,000 when Occupy Wall Street kicked off on Sept. 17, the protests intensified over the weekend, took a day of rest on Sunday, and is ready for the new week.
Sunday has been decreed, once again, a day of rest. We didn't march. We have made a new world, a new city within the city. We are working on a new sky for where the towers are now, reads an update posted on occupywallst.org on Monday.
Throughout the day our sisters and brothers arrested yesterday came back home to Liberty Plaza. They greeted the new faces that have joined us here. They shared their stories of imprisonment, of medical care denied and delayed. We welcomed them and listened.
The Occupy Wall Street protesters claim to represent The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%, calling for changes in American social and economic policies.
The organizers of the resistance campaign continued to post video footages of violent treatment by the New York Police Department officers, including one showing police officers trapping protestors in an orange net and using pepper spray. The hacker collective released three video clips on their website, emphasizing the violence inflicted by NYPD.
In a New York Times article, a police spokesman accused the protesters for manipulating and editing the video footages. A video showing a policeman using pepper spray on a number of female protesters was specifically mentioned by one of the officers interviewed. Pepper spray was used once... after individuals confronted officers and tried to prevent them from deploying a mesh barrier - something that was edited out or otherwise not captured in the video, commented the Police Department's chief spokesman, Paul J. Browne.
The women shown on the video, identified as Chelsea Elliott, alleged that she had not attempted to prevent the officer deploying the mesh barricade and had simply attempted to start a conversation with one of the officers on scene.
I'm just trying to converse with them in a civilized manner, and tell them I'm a civilized human being, commented Elliot to the New York Times. A cop in a white shirt - I think he's a superior officer - just comes along and does these quick little spritzes of pepper spray in my and these three other girls' eyes, she added. The officer's identity was not provided by the police.
The police presence at the protests was strengthened over the course of the protest, and the protest's organizers have expressed their demand on their website that Mayor Bloomberg address our General Assembly and apologize for what has occurred.