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Anti-Wall Street protesters arrested on Brooklyn Bridge

Oct 1, 2011, 3:52 p.m.
Police officers reach into a crowd of protesters to make an arrest on the Brooklyn Bridge during an Occupy Wall Street march in New York October 1, 2011. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

By Ray Sanchez

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested on Saturday afternoon after taking over car lanes on the Brooklyn Bridge and attempting an unauthorized march across the East River, police and witnesses said.

On the second week of their protest against what they view as corporate greed, a large group of protesters broke off from others marching on the bridge's pedestrian walkway and headed across the Brooklyn-bound traffic lanes, organizers and police said.

Officers cut the marchers off and plunged into the crowd and began making arrests as marchers chanted, "Shame! Shame!"

"The protesters were supposed to stay on the pedestrian walkway and some took the roadway and we're now ... making arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge," a police spokesman said.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene on the iconic bridge as a sea of police officers surrounded the protesters in orange mesh netting.

Some protesters tried to get away as officers started handcuffing marchers. Dozens of protesters were seen handcuffed and sitting on the span as three buses were called in to take them away, witnesses and organizers said.

Both the walkway and Brooklyn-bound car lanes were shut down, snarling traffic near City Hall.

(Editing by Jerry Norton)

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