Occupy Wall Street Spreads Across U.S.

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Supporters (L) cheer from the pedestrian walkway as demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement attempt to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on the motorway on October 1, 2011 in New York City. The motorway portion of the bridge is not intended for pedestrians and as the marchers attempted to cross, they were stopped midway by police. Hundreds of protesters were arrested.

The Occupy Wall Street movement finally occupied more than Wall Street this weekend, and it may be picking up steam. The protests have gone on for over two weeks in New York City, and seem to be spreading across the United States as copycat movements—planned on social networking sites—spring up. Chicago and L.A. staged rallies, while San Francisco and Pittsburgh are in planning stages. The website occupytogether.org serves as meeting ground for protesters. Saturday, more than 700 were penned in and arrested in a protest on the Brooklyn Bridge. The police said they were detained for using the roadway level of the bridge, and said that those who used the walkway were not arrested. But many organizers accused the police of tricking them by allowing and even encouraging them to use the roadway, then subsequently trapping and cuffing them.