Police in four U.S. cities — Chicago and New York City, and Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz. — arrested total of nearly 300 Wall Street protesters Saturday and today, according to reports.
In Chicago, police said today that they arrested about 175 protesters in a downtown plaza where some had set up tents and sleeping bags in a protest inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York.
The protests attracted more than 2,000 people to a march from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to Grant Park, which had been the site of anti-war protests during the 1968 Democratic convention.
The protesters were arrested for allegedly violating a city ordinance by being in the park after it closed and ignoring repeated warnings from police to leave, police said.
The protest was one of many in a global day of demonstrations on Saturday that started in Asia and Europe and rippled around to the United States and Canada. Demonstrations took place in dozens of cities, including Washington, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and Toronto.
The Occupy Wall Street movement has been gathering steam for the past month, culminating with the global day of action on Saturday. The protests worldwide were mostly peaceful, except in Rome, where the demonstration sparked riots.
The Chicago group had protested outside the Fed building for 23 days before relocating on Saturday.
Meanwhile, in New York City, police said they arrested 70 people during demonstrations against corporate greed, including 45 in Times Square.
Two police officers sustained injuries and had to be hospitalized. One had a head injury.
Police spokesman Paul Browne said 42 people were arrested in Times Square at about 8 p.m. Saturday after being warned three times to disperse. Three others were arrested just after 6 p.m. while trying to take down police barriers.
It wasn't immediately clear what charges they might face.
Earlier in the day, two dozen protesters were arrested at a Citibank branch when they refused a manager's request to leave. Most were detained for trespassing.
Five other people wearing masks were arrested as demonstrators marched through Manhattan to Times Square.
And in Arizona, police arrested anti-Wall Street protesters in Phoenix and Tucson.
Reporters and protesters saw an estimated 40 people detained around midnight Saturday at Margaret T. Hance Park just north of downtown Phoenix.
Officers there declined to comment, and official spokesmen did not immediately return calls.
The arrests came hours after anti-Wall Street protesters gathered in the two Arizona cities as part of a series of protests across the country against financial institutions.
In Tucson, about 100 miles southeast of Phoenix, some protesters were arrested after they remained in Military Plaza Park after the 10:30 p.m. closing time, police spokesman Matt Ronstadt said.
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