Occupy protesters arrested in New York

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 19, 2011 5:48 AM
Occupy protesters arrested in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of anti-Wall Street protesters took to the New York streets on Saturday in an attempt to establish a new encampment, with a number arrested as they tried to move onto church-owned land.

The protesters had used a wooden ladder to climb over a chain-link fence into the lot owned by Trinity Church, an Occupy Wall Street spokesman said.

Police had no immediate figure on how many protesters were arrested, but one witness put the number at dozens.

The demonstrators later moved to a different area of lower Manhattan, saying they were headed to the house of the Trinity Church rector.

"We are unstoppable. Another world is possible," and "Whose street? Our street," were among the chants from the protesters, who blocked some streets as they marched, watched by a heavy police presence.

The Occupy movement, which says the U.S. economic system is unfair and favors a tiny rich minority, began three months ago in New York but the was ultimately forced out of its main camp in the city.

(Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Writing by Jerry Norton; Editing by Dan Whitcomb)