About 300 people observing the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street ended their march Saturday night to a small concrete park in New York's Lower Manhattan that served as headquarters for the protest movement and was its birthplace.
Over a Dozen Arrested at Occupy 1-Year March
Police patrolled the crowd Saturday and took at least a dozen people into custody near Trinity Church that borders Zuccotti Park
About 300 people observing the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street marched Saturday night to a small concrete park in lower Manhattan that served as headquarters for the protest movement and was its birthplace. Gus Rosendale reports. (Published Monday, Sept. 17, 2012)
Police patrolled the crowd Saturday and over a dozen people into custody near Trinity Church that borders Zuccotti Park. Police confirmed they made arrests but did not have the total number.
Protesters first gathered in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village and headed south down Broadway, chanting and ending at Zuccotti Park. The group then thinned out.
Members of the movement said the need for a march and protest was still there, as the Occupy movement prepares to turn a year old.
"Wall Street is still raiding our bank accounts. The government hasn't done anything to change it. We still have the same grievances so we need to take action," said protester Sam Corbin.
During the protest in Lower Manhattan, a moment of internal unrest was seen within the movement as as someone tried to set an American flag on fire, sparking an argument with the Occupy members.
"A lot of people have busted their butts for that flag," Aaron Black said. "They've died for it. And I wasn't going to sit and watch that happen."
The march was the first of three days of planned events. The official anniversary date is Monday.
Occupy Wall Street's protest against economic disparity eventually spread to other parts of the country and world.