Thousands of people massed around Wall Street to mark the Occupy Wall Street movement's two-month anniversary Thursday, blocking streets and in some instances clashing with police, as similar protests popped up around the country.
Protesters paraded through Lower Manhattan, and 177 people were arrested as they crowded intersections near the New York Stock Exchange, brokerage houses and banks. Seven police officers and 10 protesters were injured, according to New York City officials.
Demonstrations were also planned or under way in cities such as Los Angeles, Washington, and Portland, Ore. And police in Dallas and Berkeley, Calif., moved to clear out encampments early Thursday.
Earlier Thursday, protesters in New York encountered police barricades at the entrances to Wall Street, and some sat on the ground or linked arms to block commuters trying to reach the area for the start of the work day. Police at some locations checked identification before allowing workers to cross onto Wall Street.
Some of the police hit and shoved protesters in an effort to clear the way, and one woman pinned to the ground by police was bleeding from her mouth.
Ms. Ferrari, a Queens resident who works as an artist and graphic designer, said police moved aggressively to clear the sidewalk, pushing and knocking over some protesters.
David Fuffman, 30, a protester from Baltimore, explained the reasoning for blocking workers from entering Wall Street. 'I think it's an issue of disruption of the status quo,' he said. 'People trying to get through make them think twice about what they do every day. You also don't have to be in the 99% to not like the way things are going.'
Thursday's protest activities began after 7 a.m., as a crowd gathered around Zuccotti Park. Organizers called on supporters to march from there to Wall Street.
Police used motorcycles and other vehicles to block the march's progress on Nassau Street, where a mass of demonstrators chanted 'We are the 99%.' Elsewhere, police on horseback worked to control the crowd.
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