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Oct062011

Violence Mars Union Rally with Wall Street Protesters

Mario Tama/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Unions on Wednesday helped the group Occupy Wall Street occupy lower Manhattan.

But what began as a peaceful rally turned ugly as the night wore on. A small group of protesters tried to rush a police barricade, leading to 20 and 30 arrests. Some people were hit with batons and pepper-sprayed.

The incident marred an otherwise significant day for Occupy Wall Street, a movement that began three weeks ago with just a few dozen people camping out in a small area to protest corporate greed and high unemployment.

Their protests garnered the attention of various unions who share some of the same beliefs, namely, that the banks and the wealthy have gotten all the breaks and remained powerful during the long economic downturn while practically everyone else has been hurt.

What really caught the eye of more organized movements was the march on the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday that led to more than 700 arrests.

Members of the Transit Workers Union, the Chinatown Tenants Union, MoveOn.org and others marched Wednesday to Zuccotti Park where Occupy Wall Street has been camping out to show their solidarity. There were several thousand people at the rally.

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