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13:23 | 2012-03-25


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US Police Clamp Down on Protesters in Manhattan

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US Police are intensifying their heavy-handed tactics against popular protests in the Occupy Wall Street uprising and arrested scores of anti-capitalism protesters in Manhattan.

The New York police arrested several more 99-percenters in Manhattan as the Occupy Wall Street movement gains momentum across the United States again.

The arrests came after a scuffle broke out between 99-percenters and police forces along the route of the march from Zuccotti Park to Union Square on Saturday.

"There were a few arrests, but we don't have a final number yet," a New York Police Department (NYPD) spokeswoman said.

The NYPD dispatched a large number of forces, including several on horseback and a helicopter, to curb the protest.

The Saturday protests were in reaction to the police raid on last week's protests during the six-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, held in the Zuccotti Park, the focal point of the anti-Wall Street campaign in New York's financial district.

Dozens of anti-capitalist protesters were arrested as police forces stormed the park, pulling people from the crowd by force one by one and leading them out of the park in handcuffs.

Demonstrators say their movement will be revived by their presence after the anti-wall street movement lost momentum during the cold months in winter.

Despite the efforts of the 1%, the anti-capitalism Occupy Wall Street Movement is far from dead, thanks to the creative and various tactics exercised by the American protesters.

On September 17, 2011, a group of protesters gathered in Zuccotti Park in New York City. Their intention: to expose Wall Street greed and corporate domination over the lives of working and middle class people, the 99%. Almost immediately, police responded to the protesters with repression and pepper spray. This caused thousands of New Yorkers to flood to Zuccotti Park.

Occupy Wall Street was on. Protesters camped in the park and did not leave for 59 days. Support for the protest built quickly and spread across the country and around the world. Within weeks, almost a thousand cities had Occupy protests. US cities big and small had Occupations, including Chicago, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Oakland, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Tampa and Winston-Salem.