A march and protest through Brooklyn and lower Manhattan over proposals to close two Brooklyn hospitals ended with arrests after 10 protesters sat in the road in the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge on the Manhattan side.
City Councilman Brad Lander of Brooklyn was one of the people arrested.
The arrests were planned as acts of civil disobedience.
The protest started in Cadman Plaza. Protesters then marched across the Brooklyn Bridge and gathered in Foley Square.
The theme of the protest was of a "funeral procession" because protesters believe that the closure of hospitals will lead to the deaths of people in need of medical care.
Some of the protesters carried coffins and tombstones to further that theme.
They want to stop the proposed closures of hospitals in Brooklyn, specifically Interfaith Medical Center and Long Island College Hospital.
Interfaith Medical Center is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
The hospital submitted a restructuring plan to the Department of Health this month, but it was rejected outright by the DOH.
Interfaith is now required to submit a closure plan to the DOH by Thursday.
"Do you know that it's in bankruptcy because they're still paying off the debt from the old Brooklyn Jewish Hospital that the state never took care of?" said Dr. Mark Adler, chair of medicine at Interfaith Medical Center. "And now, in 2009, they passed the Medicare law, Medicaid law, and they reduced payments by 40 percent, and 60 percent of our patients are Medicaid patients."
The other hospital, Long Island College Hospital appears to be in the process of closure.
SUNY Downstate, which runs LICH, plans to close it for financial reasons and has taken steps to do so.
A judge issued a temporary restraining order to stop the closure, but demonstrators said they believe the hospital is in violation of that order.
"These patients, they're not going to have nowhere to go, and that means that the other hospitals in Brooklyn are going to be packed, the waiting time is going to be exceptionally long, and God only knows what could happen," said Gloria Nuniz, a nurse at LICH.
"It bothered us to our heart to tell those patients we couldn't take care, radiate them anymore," said one protester.
A hearing on the restraining order is now set for Monday.
The protesters want to see the city or state step in and save the hospitals.