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Occupy Wall Street at two months: Hundreds arrested across US

Two days after Occupy Wall Street lost its tent compound at Zuccotti Park, protesters held a national 'day of action.' A mostly peaceful day followed a failed morning effort to delay NYSE trading.

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Occupy Wall Street demonstrators gather with student activist groups at Union Square during what protest organizers called a "Day of Action" in New York Thursday. New York police prevented protesters from shutting down Wall Street earlier on Thursday, arresting at least 177 people in repeated clashes with an Occupy Wall Street rally that drew fewer demonstrators than expected.

Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

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Thousands of Occupy protesters took to the streets of cities across the United States Thursday, and hundreds were arrested after scuffles with police.

The national "day of action" marked two months since the creation of the movement and took place two days after New York City police evicted Occupy Wall Street from its longtime Manhattan base, a tent compound in Zuccotti Park.

More than half the day’s arrests were made in New York where, after failing to delay trading on the New York Stock Exchange in the morning and demonstrating throughout the damp day, a swelling crowd of thousands of Occupy Wall Street sympathizers marched on a cold windy evening to the Brooklyn Bridge.

Bridges were targeted in other US cities as well, including Boston, Detroit, and Miami, Reuters reported, with protesters issuing a specific demand from the government that is a rarity for Occupy movement events: increased infrastructure spending to create jobs. Other cities that saw significant protests included Los Angeles, Washington, Las Vegas, and Portland, Ore.

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