Police and protesters clash during the Occupy Wall Street protests on Wednesday. (credit: CBS 2)
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Just a few hours after protesters learned they’d be able to stay in Zuccotti Park indefinitely, violence has broken out as a group marched away from it.
Protesters, apparently jubilant over being able to stay in the park after their furious cleanup efforts, took their brooms, flags and signs and started fanning out at around 7:30 a.m.
1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reported the protesters were saying things to the effect that now that they’d cleaned up the park, they were going to clean up Wall Street.
A group of protesters were headed south on Broadway toward the New York Stock Exchange, carrying their brooms. The group swelled quickly and wound up in a confrontation with police as they tried to gain access to Wall Street. Police were taken off-guard, Sandberg reported, but ultimately a standoff occurred near Bowling Green as they turned left on Beaver Street.
Police motorcycles were shaped like a V and moved toward the protesters in the stand off. One man lost his balance, and was run over by a police motorcycle. Police descended on the protester and got him out from under the bike, but violence broke out.
Police say the protesters were throwing bottles at officers, Sandberg reported.
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