As many as 100 arrested at Occupy protest on one-year anniversary
Looking to reignite their movement on its one-year anniversary, several hundred Occupy Wall Street activists protested in lower Manhattan Monday, staging a sit-in near the iconic New York Stock Exchange and swarming through the streets in costumes and toting American flags and signs.
Roughly 100 protesters were believed to have been arrested, including some rabbis and pastors who had sat down in the street and sidewalk, blocking them, said protester Michael Aaron, who helped organize the demonstrations and was keeping an arrest tally. A police source said multiple arrests occurred at multiple locations.
“We’re just at year one. We have a really big mountain to climb. But we’re hoping to get the power back to the people,” said Kim Fraczek, 37, who wore an Obama mask. She was with a man, Erik McGregor, 44, who had on a Romney one. They said they were aiming to show the two were controlled by money.
“In our bipartisan system, when the two candidates for presidency are doing everything to kneel down to the corporations and banks and turn against the people, it doesn’t matter who you vote for, because the war machine will continue,” said Fraczek, a handbag and jewelry designer.