Police have arrested protesters at today’s Occupy Wall Street March on the Brooklyn Bridge. The New York Times says “500 people” were kettled on the bridge by police. The Times contributing reporter at the scene, Natasha Lennard, is said to have been arrested. A group called “globalrevolution” is livestreaming the march, and their footage can be seen above. It is not yet known how many arrests were made.
The Post reports the protests have “shut down” the Brooklyn Bridge and that Charlie Rangel “tried to lend his support [but] was chased away by a heckler.” However, “the crowd came to his rescue, swamping the heckler and chanting in response: ‘Everyone has the right to speak.'”
It is being tweeted that the New York Times‘ Natasha Lennard was one of the people arrested. She was contributing to the Times‘ City Room coverage, which put up the following post as the arrests began:
After allowing marchers from the Occupy Wall Street protests to claim the Brooklyn-bound car lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge and get partway across, the police cut the marchers off and plunged into the crowd and began making arrests around 4:15 p.m. Saturday.
At 4:35, around 500 people were caught on the bridge between orange nets. The police were letting some of them walk back to Manhattan. Others on the roadway clambered dangerously up the structure of the bridge to get to the wooden pedestrian walkway, which is about 15 feet above the road.
The “orange nets” seem to have become a symbol of the protests after the now infamous footage of police penning and pepper spraying non-violent female demonstrators went viral.