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Over 5,800 OWS protesters arrested

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Police officers arrest protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement at the intersection of Exchange Place and Beaver Street in the Financial District on November 17, 2011 in New York City.

The US police have arrested over 5,800 anti-Wall Street protesters since the beginning of the anti-capitalism movement in September last year.

According to the website occupy-arrests.com, at least 5,748 occupy protesters were arrested till December 31, 2011. Another 68 demonstrators were detained in New York City’s Zuccotti Park on Saturday night.

The Saturday arrests were made as protesters staged a New Year’s Eve demonstration in the city.

Meanwhile, footage has emerged showing anti-Wall Street protesters in Charlotte, North Carolina, burning two US flags. Four protesters were arrested after the burning of the flags on Friday afternoon.

The Occupy Wall Street movement began when a group of demonstrators gathered in New York’s financial district on September 17 to protest against the unjust distribution of wealth in the country and the excessive influence of big corporations on US policies.

The protest movement gave voice to outcries and grievances of people against poverty, unemployment, war, and corporatism.


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