The return of Occupy Wall Street protesters to New York City’s Zuccotti Park last weekend also brought back complaints of aggressive police conduct from demonstrators and elected officials, reports the Wall Street Journal. Hundreds of protesters arrived in Lower Manhattan Saturday night to mark a 6-month milestone since the anti-corporate movement first entered the privately-owned public plaza.
By Sunday, 74 people had been arrested, several protesters and two police officers had suffered injuries, and law-enforcement officials temporarily erected barricades around Zuccotti Park. Two City Council members who have supported Occupy Wall Street since its inception, Ydanis Rodriguez and Jumanne Williams, denounced what they characterized as police abuse of protesters. The protesters “are not terrorists, they are not enemies of the state,” said Williams. “This park is to be used by the public. Occupy Wall Street is part of the public.” He added: “What this is about — and let's be clear — is suppression of dissent.”