Reports of beatings, lost teeth, arrests, people being pushed down.
People are confused and unsure why police raided the park.
Update: Hundreds of NYPD storm Zuccotti for a single man who was pushing fences.
The entire raid seems to have been to arrest a single man (Brendan “Romania”), whom the NYPD tackled to the ground, whereupon he sustained a serious cut to the head. Multiple witnesses claimed he was repeatedly “beat down” and “stomped.” His pants and boots were ripped off. Live stream showed evidence of his clothes strewn about and blood splatters.
A crowd of several hundred protesters marched from Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan to the New York Stock Exchange a few blocks away on Thursday as Occupy Wall Street demonstrators across the country promised mass gatherings to mark the movement’s two-month anniversary.
Lines of helmeted police, some on horseback, blocked every approach to the financial district in New York. Several streets in the area were closed.
The demonstrators chanted “Shut down wall street!’ and carried signs, such as “Tax Wall Street” and “Why Wait for Permission to Claim Freedom? Occupy Your Mind.”
Police said about 75 were arrested, including a woman in a wheelchair who was trying to block traffic. There was some minor scuffling as those arrested refused to walk and were carried away.
Protesters had to break into two groups as they encountered police at each intersection leading to the exchange. Broadway was closed because of snarling traffic.
Most New York Stock Exchange workers reported little difficulty getting into the building. Workers had to pass through checkpoints to reach the building on Broad Street, and trading began on time.