Around 700 people arrested for taking part in the Wall Street protests

October 3rd, 2011 - 7:29 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Oct 3 (THAINDIAN NEWS) About 700 protesters were arrested over the weekend following mass protests in the United States in solidarity with the protests in Wall Street. Protesters say they plan to occupy the Wall Street until reforms are made to the current US economic policies.

The protests started about 16 days ago but it got serious on the 24th of September when the crowd got bigger. Personnel from the New York Police Department used pepper spray on the protesters that day and arrested about 100 people in the process. The action of the police seemed to have spurred so many people into action. Hundreds of people have since joined the protest and refused to leave the Wall Street.

A political analyst from the University of Michigan, Michael Heaney, explained that, “The police actions give them sympathetic attention. The protesters want to be pepper-sprayed, they want to be arrested…then that helps their cause.”

Several celebrities have voiced their support for the protesters. Shortly after the pepper spray incident, Oscar winner Susan Sarandon visited the protesters and told them that they have her support in what they were doing. Director Michael Moore has also done the same thing.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the police were right in the way that they handled the protesters.

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