Wall Street Protests Lead to 5 Arrests

Four men and one woman were taken into custody near the New York Stock Exchange

Monday, Sep 19, 2011  |  Updated 2:11 PM EDT
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Protesters hold up signs during a demonstration of the economic system on a financial district sidewalk on Monday. Organizers said the protests, which began Saturday, could last for weeks.

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Five people have been arrested during a protest on Wall Street, police said Monday.

Four men and one woman were taken into custody Monday. They were being given disorderly conduct summonses and released.

Police say three of the men and the woman were wearing masks. The fourth jumped over a barrier. Their names and ages haven't been released.

The five were part of a group of a few hundred protesters who gathered in Lower Manhattan to target financial firms. Among other things, they questioned political connections between Washington lawmakers and giant moneymaking companies.

Police set up a protest area near the New York Stock Exchange, but protesters are instead walking around the area in groups. Police say all sidewalks are opened to pedestrian traffic.

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