Arrests Made at Occupy Wall Street Protest of Citibank [VIDEO]

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About 20 people were arrested this afternoon after entering a Citibank near Washington Square Park. The New York Observer reports that about 20 demonstrators entered the bank on LaGuardia Pl., some with the intention of closing their accounts. Once inside, security is said to have asked them to leave. A protester announced to gathered onlookers via human mic that they did as they were asked, but "the bank's security guards locked them in until the N.Y.P.D. arrived." Occupy Wall Street's website says "at least 22" people were arrested.

The video below is described as being from 2:19 p.m. and shows the protesters inside the bank and police officers entering to make arrests:

Occupy Wall Street Run On Citibank Ends In Arrests [Observer]

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Crikey Wood
Crikey Wood

you know when they locked the protesters in, they were committing the crime of false imprisonment.  the police should have arrested the manager and security for it.

Guest
Guest

Why dont we like fight back with force such as they do? like really its moronic to think anything will get done with peace please name 1 bloodless coup that resulted in better politics or political situation?

George
George

The protesting is spreading now, that could mean trouble for the police in all these other places. If these protesters want to protest, they better expect that the police are watching and will arrest them if they do something. If you don't know why they are protesting, this article gives a great explanation on it.

http://explainlikeakid.blogspo...

Stan D
Stan D

They got arrested for chanting inside and being disruptive.  Ever wonder why nobody has ever before been arrested for merely closing their bank account? Banks didn't just open yesterday, did they? And they you wonder why nobody takes this joke of a movement seriously. These dramatics and playing victim are not winning you any fans. 99%? Hardly.

Cjbeliever
Cjbeliever

ps, these people had BETTER sue the living hell out of that bank and the city/PD...I'm tired of only hearing about people defending themselves, I want to hear about them getting aggressive with lawyers....

Donnakittrell
Donnakittrell

Time for us people as a nation to fight back and take a stand!  we the pweople have the power the build and detroy in this nation all with the power of our voice, or though many people putting their money together and moving and controlling it as a whole to really attack back  at the corporate monopolies doing whatever they can to get your money away from you!

WavMoo
WavMoo

Wow thats messed up man, The Sheeple will soon realize its gonna take a LOT more than some silly protest to get any thing done.

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Poonam Srivastava
Poonam Srivastava

My friend was there, two people closed their accounts and left the bank. They were stopped by undercover cops and escorted back into the bank and arrested! 

Deb
Deb

so everyone ought to leave citibank just for this alone.  do you want your money where you can't take it out without arrest?

Zoid
Zoid

were you there-from the video and accounts it looks like quiet peaceful demonstration and even legitimate people who closed their accounts were arrested-if you agree with that type of fascism wow.

99withyou
99withyou

Yes it will take a lot more...but the protest has got the dialogue started. Just like women's rights, civil rights and now gay rights - protesting is a big part of the equation. The real sheeple are watching mainstream media and thinking this is just a bunch of hippies.Since you are so clear that its gonna take a lot more, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? besides making fun of other people's efforts!

Cjbeliever
Cjbeliever

just a note, one can close an account via registered letter...go to ATM, pull out all money, write in to close account with explanation of why. can't arrest you then 

Stan D
Stan D

From the accounts a group of 20+ walked in chanting and being disruptive. They were asked to leave and they didn't. Police was called. Nothing quiet or peaceful. Ofcourse, if they just wanted their accounts closed they would have done so without the drama. This was a blatant provocation. Again, how come people closing their accounts weren't arrested before? Banks been around forever, right?

Slob213
Slob213

Dialouge agreeably is the start of any movement.. however, this movement requests something that is entirely outside of a simple US rights movement. Historically, where phenomenally large parties hold a controlling interest in what is being attacked by a movement (for example the East India Trade company, the Empire of Great Britain, Peter the Great), it gets very bloody when a lesser yet interested party says, "We're changing things". This is because the holders of this power or wealth believe that they rightfully hold that power or wealth. Wallstreet?.. Yeah, you think they're going to give up peaceably?..

Stan D
Stan D

Yes, because the 99% of us really do paint our faces when we go into a bank and we form drum circles and such. Get real.

Stan D
Stan D

One can also close their account without coming in with a group of 20 and chanting. You know, kind of like people used to do for the previous hundreds of years and not getting arrested for it.

Shelby289gt
Shelby289gt

"From the accounts" what accounts, from fox news ya right!!

Guest
Guest

No banks haven't been around forever!

99withyou
99withyou

Not hardly. J.P. Morgan is already paying the cops' overtime. Simple US rights movements also shed a lot of blood. This the beging of a long road.

Slob213
Slob213

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05...

.. and they've moved the jobs offshore regardless of U.S corporate tax rate loopholes. They'll move their jobs overseas regardless...

Did I say regardless?.. Yes, I did. Three times now.

Slob213
Slob213

... and large non-unionized businesses were not bailed out?.. Are you smoking crack?.. and by the way, the jobs you speak of were moved offshore a LONG TIME AGO.... EVERYTHING YOU OWN SOLD TO YOU BY AN AMERICAN COMPANY WAS PROBABLY MADE IN A FOREIGN NATION, BECAUSE IT WAS CHEAPER TO MAKE THERE.. Hopefully if I type in caps it will sink in. The U.S. ships offshore and/or consumes local goods FAR LESS than we intake from other countries. This is a staple of a failing nation.

Stan D
Stan D

I don't see any of them marching on the white house, nor do they have any anti Obama signs at the protests. What's up with that? They are just schilling for the current administration. Unions are there because Obama bailed them out with our money. Their votes are bought. As for the 1% - I am not rich, and yet I don't feel like I am being controlled or "held at bay" or whatever else. You want to run them out of the country by raising taxes? Don't be surprised if they move their businesses (and jobs) off shore.

99withyou
99withyou

I don't think the labor unions that have joined the protest are using any painted faces or drum circles to make their point. Granted, face paint at the bank is counter productive, but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. This movement, if it only serves to trigger a dialogue, is worthwhile and beneficial. Have you gone to any of these events to be counted among the people who have better sense than to paint their faces before going to do their banking? If you believe it's wrong for the richest 1% of the population  to control, rule and hold at bay the majority of people on this country simply because they have money, then show your support in the best way you see fit. If you think the "far out" drummers and costumers represent more about than about 10% of the 99%, then you're probably buying the mainstream media's sensationalist coverage of what's actually happening. It's not as flashy or provocative to show all the middle aged, working people that are there.

99withyou
99withyou

Yes in some cases its more effective to execute the act than to make a scene about it. If people just take out their money, the impact will be felt.

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