More than 130 arrested at Occupy Wall Street anniversary protests

By Arturo Garcia
Monday, September 17, 2012 10:14 EDT
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A New York University professor, a group of veterans and an artist featured in The Nation magazine this month were among more than 100 people arrested Monday as Occupy Wall Street marked its first anniversary with various demonstrations in New York City.

“Just grabbed off sidewalk, along with everyone else,” artist Molly Crabapple said on Twitter shortly after being picked up by police. She continued tweeting from the back of a police van — “Everyone in this police van is wicked smart and funny except for the driver,” she said at one point — before other activists said her phone was shut off.

Crabapple had recently contributed illustrations as part of the magazine’s Sept. 24 coverage of the movement’s first anniversary and possible future.

Gideon Oliver, president of the New York chapter of the National Lawyers Guild said more than 70 arrests had been reported by 10 a.m. EST.

Elsewhere, Jacobin magazine founding editor Bhaskar Sunkara reported that NYU Social and Cultural Analysis professor Andrew Ross, was arrested as part of a demonstration in the lobby of the JP Morgan Chase building on Park Avenue.

“Cops are never friendly, but these cops aren’t cops,” Sunkara said. “They’re militarized beyond comprehension.”

The Associated Press published video Monday morning of some protesters being arrested during a march near the New York Stock Exchange, which can be seen below.

UPDATE: Gideon Oliver has updated the arrest total to more than 90 people as of 10:26 a.m. EST

UPDATE 12:17 p.m. EST: Gideon Oliver said the arrest total was up to 104 as of 11:30 a.m. EST. Members of Veterans for Peace and Occupy Faith have reportedly also been arrested.

UPDATE 2:52 P.M. EST: Per Gideon Oliver, the arrest count is now “around 130.”

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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