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Wall Street protesters head to Sotheby's

The Occupy Wall Street protesters plan to march to at least three different Manhattan locales on Tuesday, including distinguished auction house Sotheby's, group leaders told NBC.
/ Source: news services

The Occupy Wall Street protesters plan to march to at least three different Manhattan locales on Tuesday, including distinguished auction house Sotheby's, group leaders told WNBC.

Lincoln Center and the Manhattan district attorney's office will be the other two demonstration sites, organizers said.

Outside Sotheby's, Wall Street protesters plan to show solidarity with Teamsters and unionized workers locked in a contract dispute with the auction house.

They will then head south to the DA's office, according to WCBS, where they will demand an investigation into what they say was an "unprovoked assault" on a protester by police last week.

Activist Felix Rivera-Pitre was seen on video being punched by an officer on Friday. It was unclear in the video what preceded the punch, The Associated Press reported.

Rivera-Pitre's lawyer, Ronald Kuby, told The New York Times that prosecutors told him they were continuing their investigation into the incident.

Their third stop will be performing arts space Lincoln Center, where they will rally with the "Granny Peace Brigade," a group of women who demonstrate to show their opposition to military force. The group is planning a silent vigil at 7 p.m. ET outside Lincoln Center "to coincide with showtime," according to its website.

The Granny Peace Brigade reciprocates support for the Wall Street protesters: Three of its members were arrested Saturday in Zuccotti Park, home base for the Occupy Wall Street movement, the website said.

The rallies at Sotheby's and Lincoln Center were planned before the Wall Street movement began, but Wall Street protesters told WNBC their support will infuse new energy.

"We see what they were doing, and it ties in," said Edith Cresmer, a member of the group. "People at Wall Street like us because we represent continuity."

Gaining momentum
Over the weekend, the Occupy Wall Street movement showed its muscle with a big Times Square demonstration and found legions of activists demonstrating in solidarity across the country and around the world.

Many of the largest of Saturday's protests were in Europe, where protesters involved in long-running demonstrations against austerity measures declared common cause with the Occupy Wall Street movement. In Rome, hundreds of rioters infiltrated a march by tens of thousands of demonstrators, causing what the mayor estimated was at least $1.4 million in damage to city property.

U.S. cities large and small were "occupied" over the weekend: Washington, D.C., Fairbanks, Alaska, Burlington, Vermont, Rapid City, South Dakota, and Cheyenne, Wyoming were just a few. In Cincinnati, protesters were invited to take pictures with a couple getting married; the bride and groom are Occupied Cincinnati supporters.

More than 70 New York protesters were arrested Saturday, more than 40 of them in Times Square. About 175 people were arrested in Chicago after they refused to leave a park where they were camped late Saturday, and there were about 100 arrests in Arizona — 53 in Tucson and 46 in Phoenix — after protesters refused police orders to disperse. About two dozen people were arrested in Denver, and in Sacramento, California, anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan was among about 20 people arrested after failing to follow police orders to disperse.