NEW YORK - Taking on the outward appearance of a Halloween party, protesters from Occupy Wall Street dressed up like zombies this week to represent the “corporate greed” in the U.S.
Over 700 protesters who are arrested over the weekend were released Sunday morning - the charges ranging from obstructing traffic to disorderly conduct.
The crowd had moved from Wall Street's Zuccotti Park near Wall Street to the Brooklyn Bridge a few blocks away on Saturday. Police with bullhorns directed the crowd to the walkways in the center of the bridge, above the roadway. Many of the protesters continued walking towards the roadway with the remainder walking above them on the wooden walkway.
That is when, protesters say, police corralled them from the front and behind using orange netting then issuing summonses.
"It was the choice of the protesters,” a police spokesman said.
"Some complied and took the walkway without being arrested. Others locked arms and proceeded on the Brooklyn-bound vehicular roadway and were arrested."
After this weekend’s detentions, attention on the Occupy Wall Street protest has increased.
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has come out behind the demonstrators, as has actress Susan Sarandon.
Now calling themselves, "The 99-percent," protesters have come out against home foreclosures, high unemployment and the 2008 bailouts.
In Los Angeles, more than 100 protesters camped out in front of City Hall on Saturday night.
Protesters say they will remain camped at Zuccotti Park through the winter. But it may get cold. New York City Fire Department officials are checking to see if propane containers that have been used for cooking pose a fire risk.
The arrests followed another peaceful march to police headquarters the previous Friday and by more than 1,000 people to protest the arrest of 80 members of the Occupy Wall Street movement the previous week in the Union Square shopping district.
During that march a few women already in orange pens were doused with pepper spray by police. Those actions were captured on video and viewed widely on the Internet. NYPD Internal Affairs is investigating.
The group has garnered support from some union members including the United Federation of Teachers and the Transport Workers Union Local 100.
How the Occupy Wall Street Protesters ended up in Zuccotti Park is anyone's guess. The park property is maintained by Brookfield Properties, a publicly traded corporation. In a statement issued last week the company said it was extremely concerned about the conditions that have been created in the park and was working with city officials to restore the park to its intended purpose.
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