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Protester Arrested During Bomb Scare EvacuationBy MATT FLEGENHEIMER
An Occupy Wall Street
protester in Zuccotti Park was arrested Tuesday morning after refusing
to obey police orders to evacuate the park steps during a bomb scare,
the authorities said.
In response to reports of an unattended
package nearby at Broadway and Liberty Street, officers said, barricades
were moved to the edge of the park. As officers instructed protesters
to move further into the park, a man who had been arguing with officers
was handcuffed on the ground, at the top of the steps.
urged each other, in a chant, to “keep it nonviolent.” Many pulled out
phones and cameras to record the episode, in the event that tensions
The police did not immediately release the arrested
man’s name, but fellow protesters identified the man as “Hero.” He has
been arrested here before, said Elisa Miller, 38.
Reiss, 55, a protester who grew up in Murray Hill, Manhattan, said
out-of-town protesters became defensive because the police did not
properly communicate that bomb scares, particularly in Lower Manhattan,
are fairly commonplace. “Frankly, I didn’t know they were so concerned
about our safety,” Mr. Reiss said, “after the pepper spray.”
barricades were removed around 11:20 a.m. Officers declined to comment
on the nature of the threat, but they said the area was now safe.
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