Over 50 Occupy Wall Street Protesters Arrested in Yesterday’s Action

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17: NYPD officers push a fence back against activists as they try and gain entrance to the private park owned by Trinity Church next to Duarte Square at Sixth Avenue and Canal Street on December 17, 2011 in New York City. Activists marked the three month anniverary to the Occupy Wall Street movement with speeches and performances in Durante Square. (Photo by Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images)
Police officers try to hold back an OWS crowd in Duarte Square. (Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images) Photo: Michael Bocchieri/2011 Getty Images

Yesterday saw the first real show of force from Occupy Wall Street since police cleared them from the symbolic home of the movement, Zuccotti Park, nearly a month ago. Hundreds of protesters descended on Duarte Square, hoping to take over a large gravel-lot-slash-park owned by faltering ally Trinity Wall Street Church, and attempted to alternatively topple (see picture) and scale the chain-link fence surrounding the square. “Everything about this movement is momentum,” one 27-year-old demonstrator told the Times. “We need to show people that we are still relevant.” The protests may have failed to secure a new beachhead, but at least they are back in the headlines, with nearly 50 people arrested on the spot and several more rounded up during a small and heavily policed march up Seventh Avenue to Times Square.

Over 50 Occupy Wall Street Protesters Arrested