Image: Protesters fill Times Square in New York
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Demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street rally Saturday in New York's Times Square.
updated 10/16/2011 5:48:03 PM ET 2011-10-16T21:48:03

Protesters in at least four U.S. cities supporting the growing anti-Wall Street movement were arrested after refusing to obey police orders to leave public areas, including 175 people in Chicago, where the arrests brought about a new phase of civil disobedience, organizers there said Sunday.

The arrests were mostly peaceful and came as somewhat of a contrast to earlier demonstrations, where protesters took care to follow laws in order to continue protesting Wall Street's role in the financial crisis and other grievances about economic injustice. The arrests came after a day of protests in cities around the world where tens of thousands gathered to rally against what they see as corporate greed.

Most of those marches Saturday were largely nonconfrontational, though dozens were arrested in New York and elsewhere not for refusing to obey orders but when police moved to contain overflowing crowds or keep them off private property. Two officers in New York were injured and had to be hospitalized.

At least one protest grew violent. In Rome, rioters hijacked what had been a peaceful gathering and smashed windows, tore up sidewalks and torched vehicles. Repair costs were estimated at $1.4 million, the mayor said Sunday.

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In addition to the arrests in Chicago, 46 people in Phoenix were arrested for misdemeanor criminal trespass after refusing to leave a park, Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump said. And police said some protesters were arrested after they remained in a Tucson, Arizona, park past the 10:30 p.m. closing time. An exact number wasn't available Sunday.

In Colorado, at least two dozen people were arrested for refusing to move out of the street at a rally that attracted hundreds to downtown Denver, police said.

In Chicago, about 500 people had set up camp at the entrance to Grant Park on Saturday evening after a protest earlier in the day involving about 2,000. Police said they gave protesters repeated warnings after the park closed at 11 p.m. and began making arrests when they refused to leave.

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Officers also asked protesters to take down their tents before beginning to cut them down to clear the area, police said. Protesters were released Sunday and face court dates.

The decision to stay in the park "was very much a choice and calculated," said Randy Powell, a 27-year-old student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago who was among those arrested. "I feel like I had to."

The tactic to occupy a city park has been used in other places with local officials often working to accommodate them. For example, protesters in Iowa reached a deal with Des Moines' mayor to move from the state Capitol to a city park, avoiding arrests. Plans to temporarily evict New York protesters from the park where the Occupy Wall Street protest began weeks ago so the grounds could be power-washed were postponed at the request of political leaders Friday.

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But Chicago protesters said they've come up short. Some organizers said conversations with city officials weren't encouraging, but they also have yet to apply for permits. A message left Sunday for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office wasn't immediately returned.

And in Minneapolis, sheriff's deputies tore down makeshift tents at a county government plaza but made no arrests, Minnesota Public Radio reported. Though the protesters are allowed to stay on the plaza all night, tents are banned.

In New York, two dozen people were arrested Saturday when demonstrators entered a Citibank branch and refused to leave, police said. They asked the branch to close until the protesters could be taken away.

Earlier, as many as 1,000 demonstrators also paraded to a Chase bank branch, banging drums, blowing horns and carrying signs decrying corporate greed. A few went inside the bank to close their accounts, but the group didn't stop other customers from getting inside or seek to blockade the business.

Lily Paulina of Brooklyn said she was taking her money out because she was upset that JPMorgan Chase was making billions of dollars, while its customers struggled with bank fees and home foreclosures.

"Chase bank is making tons of money off of everyone ... while people in the working class are fighting just to keep a living wage in their neighborhood," the 29-year-old United Auto Workers organizer said.

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Police told the marchers to stay on the sidewalk, and the demonstration seemed fairly orderly as it wound through downtown streets.

The day culminated in an event in the city's Times Square, where thousands of demonstrators mixed with gawkers, Broadway showgoers, tourists and police to create a chaotic scene in the midst of Manhattan.

"Banks got bailed out, we got sold out!" protesters chanted from within police barricades. Police, some in riot gear and mounted on horses, tried to push them out of the square and onto the sidewalks in an attempt to funnel the crowds away.

Throughout the U.S. — from several dozen people in Jackson, Mississippi, to some 2,000 each in Pittsburgh and Chicago — the protest movement gained momentum.

Nearly 1,500 gathered for a march past banks in downtown Orlando, Florida. Hundreds marched on a Key Bank branch in Anchorage, Alaska, and declared it should be foreclosed.

In Colorado, about 1,000 people rallied in downtown Denver to support Occupy Wall Street and at least two dozen were arrested.

Rallies drew young and old, laborers and retirees. In Pittsburgh, marchers included parents with children in strollers. The peaceful crowd stretched for two or three blocks.

"I see our members losing jobs. People are angry," said Janet Hill, 49, who works for the United Steelworkers labor union, which she said hosted a sign-making event before the march.

Retired teacher Albert Siemsen said at a demonstration in Milwaukee that he'd grown angry watching school funding get cut at the same time banks and corporations gained more influence in government. The 81-year-old wants to see tighter Wall Street regulation.

Around him, protesters held signs reading: "Keep your corporate hands off my government," and "Mr. Obama, Tear Down That Wall Street."

In Canada, demonstrators gathered in cities across the country from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Vancouver, British Columbia, with hundreds of people protesting in the heart of Toronto's financial district. Some protesters spent the night at parks in Toronto and several other cities.

Overseas, tens of thousands nicknamed "the indignant" marched in cities across Europe, as the protests that began in New York linked up with long-running demonstrations against government cost-cutting and failed financial policies in Europe. Protesters also turned out in Australia, Asia and South Africa.


Associated Press writers Sophia Tareen in Chicago, Bob Seavey in Phoenix, Kevin Begos in Pittsburgh, Dinesh Ramde in Milwaukee, Charmaine Noronha in Toronto, Jack Elliott Jr. in Jackson, Miss., and Colleen Long, David B. Caruso and AP Radio correspondent Martin Di Caro in New York contributed to this report.

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Photos: Global Occupy protests begin

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  1. Mounted police stop Occupy Wall Street participants trying to break through barricades preventing them from spilling onto the street at Times Square in New York on Saturday, Oct. 15. Thousands of demonstrators protesting corporate greed filled Times Square and there were dozens of arests. The Occupy Wall Street movement went global with groups from Asia to Europe, and in every U.S. state, staging demonstrations and other actions. (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. New York police, center, arrest protesters amid the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in Times Square. (Zhu Wei / Zuma Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Demonstrators associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement protest amid steam in New York's Times Square on Oct. 15. (Mario Tama / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Protesters with Occupy Seattle burn a Bank of America debit card as they protest in downtown Seattle on Oct. 15. (Ted S. Warren / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Occupy Seattle protesters march near Seattle's Pike Place Market, Oct. 15. (Ted S. Warren / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Tourists in a cable car take photographs of Occupy San Francisco protesters during a demonstration Oct. 15. (Robert Galbraith / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Demonstrators take part in the Occupy Miami protest, Oct. 15. (Joe Skipper / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. People are detained by New York City police officers in the lobby of a Citibank branch near Washington Square, where Occupy Wall Street demonstrators held a rally Oct. 15. (Mary Altaffer / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. About 100 Occupy Wall Street protesters march along Oxnard Boulevard in Oxnard, Calif., on Oct 15. (Juan Carlo / The Ventura County Star via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Young people perfom a symbolic act at Athen's Syntagma square as they participate in a protest against the global financial system Oct. 15. (Alkis Konstantinidis / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. A police officer subdues a protester in front of the St. John in Lateran basilica during clashes in Rome on Oct. 15. (Gregorio Borgia / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Protesters march through the smoke of flares during a demonstration in dowtown Rome on Oct. 15. (Mario Laporta / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Police officers fire tear gas in Rome on Oct. 15. Protesters in Rome smashed shop windows and torched cars as violence broke out during a demonstration in the Italian capital. (Gregorio Borgia / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Protesters hurl objects at police in Rome, Saturday, Oct. 15. (Gregorio Borgia / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Demonstrators attempt to break through the entrance of a bank branch during a protest against banking and finance in Rome. (Stefano Rellandini / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Police scuffle with 'Occupy London' protesters at an entrance to Paternoster Square, Oct. 15. (Matt Cetti-Roberts / Zuma Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. A protester scuffles with police during the 'Occupy London' protest outside St. Paul's Cathedral on Oct. 15, in London, England. (Dan Kitwood / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website arrives to speak to protesters outside St Paul's Cathedral. (Dan Kitwood / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Protesters shout slogans as they take part in the 'Occupy Central' protest in Stockholm, Sweden. (Maja Suslin / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Protesters gather at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. The demonstration is one of many being held across the country recently in support of the ongoing Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York. (Bradley C Bower / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. German protesters demonstrating against the influence of bankers and financiers sit on the ground next to the Euro symbol in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. (Johannes Simon / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Hooded protestors with Pinocchio-type noses, one holding a Euro sign, walk up to the gate of the NYSE Euronext stock exchange in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Oct. 15, during a demonstration in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. (Peter Dejong / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Demonstrators stand in front of the Credit Suisse building during the "Occupy Paradeplatz" protest in Zurich, Switzerland. (Christian Hartmann / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. A protester with fake U.S. bank notes stuck on his mask takes part in an "Occupy Hong Kong" rally outside the Hong Kong Exchange Square. (Kin Cheung / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. A protester holds a placard during an "Occupy Hong Kong" rally outside the Hong Kong Exchange Square. (Kin Cheung / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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Video: Protesters ready for the long haul

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    LESTER HOLT, anchor: And as you heard mentioned at today's ceremony, the viral Occupy Wall Street movement blossomed into a worldwide expression of general dissatisfaction this weekend after massing some of its biggest numbers yet. Protest organizers have proven their ability to grab attention, but toward what end? NBC 's Mara Schiavocampo reports.

    MARA SCHIAVOCAMPO reporting: At the Occupy Wall Street base camp in Lower Manhattan , time to regroup.

    Unidentified Man #1: And we're getting the job done.

    SCHIAVOCAMPO: After the largest day of events the movement has seen since starting a month ago, yesterday protests moved from this park to Times Square , thousands gathering for a mass demonstration against economic inequalities. Ninety-two were arrested in scuffles with police. It was a similar scene in Chicago , where overnight at least 175 were arrested, some literally carried out as police tore apart a tent camp in Grant Park . While the demonstrations are attracting many, unlike most populist movements there's no consensus on demands.

    Unidentified Woman: I wanted to be a part of a movement that hopefully will effect change so that more economic justice can be spread around.

    Unidentified Man #2: Level the field. The field is the problem, not the politicians.

    Unidentified Man #3: There has to be a change in the way that government is handled.

    SCHIAVOCAMPO: This weekend Occupy Wall Street occupied the world with protests in dozens of cities including London and Berlin .

    Unidentified Man #4: We're here to fight against financial crimes they do.

    SCHIAVOCAMPO: The most violent were in Rome , where today they're cleaning up after groups of protesters rampaged through the city, burning cars and smashing windows. Back in New York , donated supplies and cash continues to pour in from around the world. Organizers say the global support shows just how far they've come.

    Mr. MARK BRAY (Occupy Wall Street): We've shown that we have enough connections in the community and enough support among unions, community groups, local politicians and just individuals to say that this is a legitimate national issue.

    SCHIAVOCAMPO: Those camping here at Zuccotti Park say they have no plans to leave any time soon and they've certainly set up the infrastructure for a long


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