The “Occupy Wall Street” protests in the financial district took a dramatic turn on Saturday
when protesters tried to march across the Brooklyn Bridge.
When police arrested 700 of the demonstrators,
the event quickly turned into one of the largest arrests of non-violent protesters in recent history.
Some protesters claim police lured them onto oncoming traffic on the bridge’s roadway;
others said they did not hear instructions from police telling them to use the pedestrian walkway.
Meanwhile, similar “Occupation” protests have spread to other cities,
including Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles,
where hundreds of protesters are now camped out in front of City Hall.