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Arrest Toll Climbs at WEF Protests

Sunday, 03 February 2002 12:00 AM

Some 87 demonstrators were arrested Sunday, according to the New York Police Department, mostly on charges of disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly. The toll is more than the sum of all those brought into custody during the first three days: 46 people.

The 87 arrests were made at three separate demonstrations in Manhattan, including a rally in downtown's East Village neighborhood believed to have netted over 40 arrests. Dozens of baton-wielding officers descended on 12th Street between Second and Third Avenue to subdue protesters who were obstructing traffic.

Sunday's demonstrations brought the total number of arrests over the past two days to 123; the first two days of the rally yielded only 10 arrests.

"They're getting scrappier every day," commented one NYPD officer who would not divulge his name after apprehending one protester who fruitlessly attempted to claw his way out of the clutches of the four policemen subduing him.

None of Sunday's protests yielded the high turnout activists enjoyed Saturday, when over 5,000 protesters marched toward the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, where the Forum is being held.

Few were arrested during the course of the march, but at least 20 individuals were nabbed at a pre-march rally wearing shields to protect themselves. They were under suspicion for plotting to attack policemen, said NYPD commissioner Raymond Kelly at a press conference Saturday.

"We had specific information that the demonstrators who had these shields were about to attack the police," Kelly said. Despite the uptick in street arrests, the skirmishes between police and protesters is still nowhere near approaching the intensity of violence and vandalism experienced outside of past economic summits in Seattle and Genoa, Italy.

Protest organizers continue to deny criticism that they are agitating their charges to commit violence. "We're not setting out to disrupt any one's neighborhood or create any panic," said Eric Laursen, member of Another World Is Possible, one of a handful of groups against corporate globalization. "That's the lies the police have been spreading about us."

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