(NEW YORK) -- The “Occupy” protests taking place across the country heated up as demonstrators in Oakland, Calif. -- who had been evicted from their camp over safety concerns -- returned amid heavy police presence, while New York protesters were arrested in a clash with officers during a late-night solidarity march.
At least 10 people were arrested in New York late Wednesday, according to NY1, after several tussles broke out as protesters marched up from Zuccotti Park to Union Square in a show of solidarity with demonstrators in Oakland.
Wednesday night’s march began with a general assembly meeting where Occupy Wall Street protesters agreed to release some of their funds and some tents to the protesters in Oakland -- the movement sits on a bankroll of nearly $500,000. The demonstrators then began marching from Zucotti Park around City Hall up Broadway and into the heart of New York’s Soho neighborhood to cheers -- and some jeers of “get a job.”
The march quickly turned into a game of cat and mouse between the NYPD and protestors, some of whom were goading police with screams of “no justice, dirty pigs, cops come here.”
Several people were arrested as police unsuccessfully tried to keep protesters on sidewalks. Officers were able to keep demonstrators from marching across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Protesters removed rope lines which police had set up, and eventually the cops allowed them to march and they left the scene.
Once the march reached the West Village neighborhood police reappeared behind the protesters who began to splinter off into smaller groups until eventually the action died down.
In Oakland Wednesday, protesters returned to a relatively peaceful scene where for the previous 24 hours several violent clashes had broken out, leading police to repeatedly use tear gas to disperse crowds. Tuesday morning, authorities forcibly removed the tent city in Frank Ogawa Plaza that had been their camp for several weeks.
Crowds grew steadily in Oakland throughout Wednesday and around 7:30 p.m. protesters began to knock down the fences that had been erected around the lawn at Frank Ogawa Plaza, according to ABC News Bay Area affiliate KGO-TV. By 10:30 p.m. Oakland’s City Center BART Station had been blocked off by police.
A crowd of roughly 1,000 gathered at Frank Ogawa Plaza and listened to speakers criticize city officials while urging the protesters to remain peaceful.
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