This was the weekend of the arrest.
Roughly 20,000 people stormed Times Square on Saturday night and demonstrated for four hours, leading to the arrest of 74 people. As expected, there was a standoff between protesters and the NYPD. In addition, two officers suffered minor injuries.
Protesters traveled from Zuccotti Park late in the afternoon, made a stop in Washington Square Park, and finally hit Times Square at 5 p.m., where police were waiting for them. By the night's end, 42 of the 74 people arrested were handcuffed during the showdown with police at Times Square. Apparently, 5 were arrested for wearing masks, and as for the rest…well, we’ll get to that later.
175 demonstrators were arrested early Sunday morning for refusing to leave Grant Park in Chicago. The Chicago Tribune reports that the arrests were peaceful for the most part, with officers individually approaching protesters and giving them the option to leave the park, or face arrest. Protesters will probably be cited with municipal violations and face fines, and Occupy Chicago volunteers are planning to take bags and others possessions of those arrested to Grace Episcopal Church for pick-up when they’re released.
The movement has made its way out west, as about 40 people were arrested in Phoenix and Tucson. Arrests took place in Margaret T. Hance Park, north of downtown Phoenix and in Military Plaza Park in Tucson, where protesters refused to leave after the park closed at 10:30 p.m.
Protesters were hell-bent on getting their message across this weekend, and with this chain reaction of events across the nation, it’s safe to say that they were noticed. The thing is, this is only part of the events that went down this weekend.