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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 – NEW YORK CITY- by Mike Leventhal NYC-TV News Staff Writer
– The Occupy Wall Street Movement returned to New York City but just for one event.
Hundreds and then thousands of protesters took to New York City’s streets on Tuesday to mark the second anniversary of the original Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park and renew their cry against financial greed. The day began with a march in Lower Manhattan and ended with another in Midtown, interrupted between by the arrest of a New York state senator and AIDS activists.
The planned protest was mild at first for Occupy Wall Street standards, but started early, as several hundred demonstrators paraded near Wall Street in the morning. By afternoon, they had marched to Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village.
Protesters held signs against the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal and repeated calls for Wall Street speculators to face criminal charges in the 2008 global financial meltdown.
The New York Police Department, lead by top level white-shirt captains and lieutenants, which frequently scuffled with Occupy during the movement’s start, was out in force. Mounted officers patrolled Wall Street itself, barricades surrounded Zuccotti Park and protesters reported several arrests. The NYPD would not release the number of arrests.
Several members of the NYPD’s Technical Assistance Response Unit (TARU) were on site to photograph the protesters along with the departments’ lawyers. The planned arrests were coordinated with the NYPD’s Disorder Control Unit that was used in police actions during previous Occupy protests.