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Two Dozen Arrests Made During "Occupy Wall Street" Protest

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As the "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrations entered their fifth week Saturday, police officials said 24 protesters were arrested for criminal trespass at a Manhattan Citibank after breaking off from a larger rally in Washington Square Park.

Officials added that, in contrast to the clashes that occurred between protesters and police Friday, the demonstrators were largely apprehended without resistance.

”Occupy Wall Street” protesters moved beyond Zuccotti Park throughout the day, gathering in locations across the five boroughs and staging demonstrations outside of banks.

Several hundred gathered in front of a Chase bank earlier in the day, and thousands of protesters were joined by union members as they made their way to the Greenwich Village park from the Financial District.

In all, New York City Police Department officers arrested more than 70 "Occupy Wall Street" protestors on Saturday, and 45 of them were in Times Square.

Although the demonstration in Times Square was mostly peaceful, there were a handful of skirmishes with police, leading to multiple arrests.

"At about 8 p.m., a large disorderly group at 46th Street near Sixth Avenue was given at least three separate warnings to disperse and when it did not 42 arrests were made," said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. "That brought the arrest total for all locations today to 74 as of 9:30 p.m."

"The arrests are really difficult. All we can do is teach diversity of tactics," said a protester at the Times Square demonstration. "If someone wants to do something arrestable, we hope they understand the legal implications and don't drag in other folds."

Earlier in the evening, demonstrators clashed with police at 46th Street as a handful of protesters attempted to push through the metal barricades that were keeping people on the sidewalk and off of the street.

The mounted unit responded, and protesters were arrested. A portion of Seventh Avenue was shutdown to vehicular traffic as police attempted to bring the crowd under control.

"I just saw a woman with a serious head injury, she was bleeding. She was just over there," said a demonstrator.

Protesters said the goal of the march was to show solidarity and uniformity with the 1,400 “Occupy” protests happening around the globe.

“Wall Street CEOs are doing very well and sitting on tons of money and they’re not contributing their fair share and shared responsibility to the economy,” said Ted Fang of the United Auto Workers.

On Saturday morning, some protesters cut their hair and dressed in suits and formal clothing at their encampment in Zuccotti Park in an effort to show uniformity.

“We want to level the playing field. We want the conversation to continue. The solution? Put everyone in suits,” said one protester.

Confrontations occurred between the police and protesters Friday. Violence was captured on video, as a high-ranking police officer could be seen punching a protester in the face. Another protester allegedly had his foot run over by an officer.

As such, police were out in full force Saturday, as protesters planned to march up to Times Square after gathering in Washington Square Park.

"We are going to enforce the law when it's violated," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Protests Spread At Home And Abroad

The movement has gained momentum across the country.

Denver police showed up in riot gear in anticipation of a conflict with demonstrators Saturday, and about two dozen protestors were arrested near the state Capitol.

Hundreds also marched in Florida's capital as part of an “Occupy Tallahassee” event.

They're upset with the governor's plan to cut corporate income tax while slashing spending on education and health care programs.

Protestors also rallied in Oakland. Marchers moved across the city, and no arrests were made.

Demonstrations have also spread internationally.

In Rome, a protest turned violent as a small group of protestors broke away from the main group.

Police fired tear gas and water cannons while demonstrators broke windows, threw bottles, and set cars on fire.

About 2,000 people turned out in London, protesting everything from the banking system to job cuts.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange addressed the crowd.

Protests also popped up in Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Canada with demands just as diverse.

In Tokyo, about 200 people marched through the streets, protesting nuclear energy and calling for a free Tibet.

Organizers say protests are being held in more than 80 countries.

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