Livestream: Police arrest Occupy protesters trying to block traffic in NYC financial district

November 17, 2011

The Associated Press

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NEW YORK (AP) - Protesters have been chanting "Shut down Wall Street" and sitting in the streets of New York's financial district this morning.

Police in riot gear have been hauling them to their feet and handcuffing them.

The confrontations took place at an intersection about a block from Wall Street. After several arrests, most of the protesters retreated, followed by a line of riot police.

The congestion brought taxis and delivery trucks to a halt, but the trading day has opened as normal on the New York Stock Exchange.

Two months after the demonstrations began, members of the Occupy Wall Street movement say they've reached a "critical moment," with authorities in a number of cities, including New York, forcibly removing protesters from parks and tearing down their camps.

The confrontations in New York followed arrests early this morning in Dallas. Police cited public safety and hygiene issues as they evicted dozens of protesters from their campsite near City Hall.