Occupy Marches Spark Clashes

Friday, November 18, 2011 - 11:06am

Police scuffle with protesters at rallies across the nation.

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in New York City Thursday to mark the two month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Early clashes with police set the tone for the rest of the day.

Protesters toppled barricades outside Zuccotti Park and violence erupted as riot police moved in.

One protester was led out of of the park by police with what appeared to be a bleeding head wound.

Throughout the day police arrested more than 100 protesters.

The bulk of arrests came early in the morning when demonstrators marched to Wall Street and blocked traffic by sitting in the middle of the road.

Tensions between police and protesters escalated after NYPD officers conducted a sweep earlier this week to clear the park of the tents, sleeping bags and tarps.

Cities around the country are taking or considering similar action to remove Occupy protesters from public spaces and parks, but demonstrators say they are determined to make sure they keep the movement alive.

"The issues speak for themselves and I think people are in such dire straights in many circumstances that they have not choice but to organize around these issues," said Occupy protester Mark Bray.

Their message of outrage over social inequality and corporate greed have resonated in polls with the public.

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