Police arrest Occupy Wall Street protesters in NY

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Police in New York on Monday arrested at least a dozen demonstrators marking the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, witnesses said. At least eight people were taken into custody when they tried to block an entrance to Wall Street, representatives of the National Lawyers Guild at the scene, told AFP. Others were arrested when they started moving from Zuccotti Park toward Wall Street as police on horseback blocked side streets on horseback, according to an AFP reporter at the scene. Marchers then reappeared on Broadway in an attempt to disrupt the morning commute. “We are sending the message that Wall Street bankers cannot go to work every morning without thinking what their institutions are doing to the country,” Occupy spokesman Mark Bray told AFP. The protest movement has seen a steep drop in support since it was founded a year ago, when hundreds camped in Zuccotti Park to rally against bank bailouts and what they called the ruling “one percent.” Early Monday, roughly 200 demonstrators — monitored closely by a throng of police — gathered outside the park carrying signs that read “Get money out of politics” and “We are the 99 percent.”