74 arrested in yesterday's OWS protest in Times Square

Citigroup released a statement Saturday evening that said, “A large amount of protesters entered our branch at 555 La Guardia Place around 2:00 PM today. They were very disruptive and refused to leave after being repeatedly asked, causing our staff to call 911. The Police asked the branch staff to close the branch until the protesters could be removed. Only one person asked to close an account and was accommodated.”

All of the protesters were charged with criminal trespass. One person was charged with resisting arrest, Mr. Browne said. The others, he said, “were compliant and did not resist when they were taken into custody.”

From Washington Square, protesters walked up the sidewalks of 6th Avenue toward Times Square, banging drums and chanting slogans. Police tried to keep the march on side of the street, but there were too many demonstrators to fit on the sidewalk and traffic was slowed as they spilled onto the street.

As the protesters proceeded uptown, most spectators briefly gawked — taking iPhone photos or videos — or ignored it altogether. Not all were supportive. Cries of “Get a job” and “Shut up” were heard as the march passed by.

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