Dozens Of Arrests As Protestors Re-Occupy Zuccotti Park To Kick-Off Spring Offensive

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — As spring approaches, Occupy Wall Street protesters who mostly hibernated all winter are beginning to stir with plans for renewed demonstrations six months after the movement was born.

The Occupy movement is officially marking its six month anniversary with rally in Zuccotti Park and around Wall Street on Saturday.

Some chanted “Whose park? Our park” and one demonstrator carried a sign that said “Regulate, regulate, regulate.”

But with huge festivities going on uptown for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, turn out was small. About 200 people were with the march when it left the park and headed down Broadway.

Nevertheless, protesters say they’re not going away.

“I think it’s just amazing in six months what we’ve accomplished,” said one demonstrator. “When I read the newspaper, Occupy is longer a carnival sideshow. If you read the business page or the political pages, Occupy Wall Street is mentioned as a force.”

After a series of afternoon marches through the financial district protestors gathered at Zuccotti park. By 11 p.m. there were nearly 300 people re-occupying the park.

A spokesman for the movement claimed that the re-occupation was part of a spring offensive.

“This is our spring offensive. People think the Occupy movement has gone away. It’s important for people to see we’re back,” said Michael Premo.

Police moved in when protestors began to set up tents. The police advance prompted protestors to sit on the ground and refuse to leave. The end result was dozens of arrests.

Occupier Cari Machet called the arrests an attempt to shut down the demonstration. “They came in to shut it down, they told us we had to leave because the park was closed.”

It took police 20 minutes to clear the park, it was empty by midnight.

The movement has lost steam in recent months, with media attention and donations dropping off as Occupy encampments across the country were dismantled, some by force.

Earlier this month, Occupy said it had just $119,000 left in its bank account, which is enough for about two weeks of operations.

Organizers are hoping donations will start to flow in as protests begin anew this spring, including a global day of “economic disruption” on May 1.

On Wednesday, several hundred Occupy protesters demonstrated outside the Waldorf-Astoria where Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was attending a fundraiser.

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    ,,,,I was peaceful w/o those assholes……they’re starting to out number the rats and the roaches…….

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  • Smelly Hippie

    If the cause was real, they would all have stayed through the very mild winter.

  • karen

    not quite spring, but they are offensive

    • Smelly Hippie

      Nice one.

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  • The Bridgeport Kid

    OWS people are basically retards. That’s the only plausable explanation. Their supporters are asking “Since when is protesting againstthe law?” But that’s just so much obfuscation of the truth, which is this: OWS doesn’t have any legitimate gripe. Now run along, I hear your mama calling…

  • syd

    YAWN. The only group that cares about this issue is the media. The public is growing tired of reading this nonsense on slow news days.

  • cygon

    article did not mention that these goons were sent there by michael moore from one of his speech events.

  • The Cryptojournalist

    With months to regroup, I have to wonder if the protesters have refined their message. I’d imagine not

  • The Realist

    How can the “Occupy” Corporation have only $119,000 in the bank? What about the MILLIONS that it has taken in? What bonuses for its 1% top executives? The people want to know.

  • Neil

    Looks like they cleaned their rooms sufficiently for mom to let them out for spring break. Why can’t Ben and Jerry fork up the money for a Caribbean cruise for these losers and give the rest of us a break.

  • NYCsewer

    Governor Christie. is fat enough to have a impact and we should drop him from a helicopter on these OWS losers

  • Jimmyd

    I can’t stand OWS supporters who can only name call rather than saying something intelligent and meaningful.

  • The Realist

    The “Occupy” CORPORATION has raked in over $17 million thus far just in New York, through the costs it has imposed on NYPD. That raises some questions:

    – Where is the full accounting of that money (i.e. a forensic audit?)

    – Has “Occupy” paid taxes on that money?

    – Who are Occupy’s top executives and how much are they paid?

  • colleen

    it’s not your park. how does new jersey’s gordo gov even enter into this equation (other than his ego)? happy st. patrick’s day

  • PaulaDiaz

    It might be worth clarifying my post about the NEW JERSEY branch that I personally was referring to NEW JERSEY Governor Christie. I support Governor Christie and fully expect he will remedy the Prudential attempt to appropriate funds they are ineligible to receive. Comments concerning someone’s weight don’t really provide anything to public discourse.

  • PaulaDiaz

    One positive note is how Occupy Essex has discovered a political big business corruption scandal where Jersey giant Prudential is trying to tap the last of a 1.5 billion dollar tax incentive program to help fill in some numbers on their multi-billion dollar ledger sheet. NJ’s Urban Transit Hub tax incentive was designed to bring outside business into NJ and create new jobs. With only a quarter of a billion left in the fund, Prudential and some corrupt politicians crafted a middle of the night application for Prudential to receive just that exact amount of money. Yes, it smells bad. This is something Christie is gonna have to fix but without the Occupy guys keeping an eye on it, it would of gone undiscovered.

  • 1%

    Honestly these people have nothing to do with their lives. Dont even bother getting a job cause your useless at my corporation.

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