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Occupy Wall Street Protesters

December 18, 2011 by staff 

Occupy Wall Street ProtestersOccupy Wall Street Protesters, Bishop George Packard, who was once a military chaplain in Iraq, joined other protesters climbing over a chain-link fence.

They were trying to set up a new camp on property belonging to Trinity Church. Officials at the Episcopal church have supported the movement but said their property was not available to be occupied.

The former bishop, who was wearing a magenta cassock and attended the demonstration with his wife, was led away in handcuffs.

Just before the protest he had written on the internet: “What awaits us I do not know. I do know that for me, and the OWS, I know no violence is intended, only peaceful disobedience if it comes to that.”

His wife Brook said later: “I am heartened to know he looked pretty happy in the paddy wagon.”

Gideon Oliver, president of the New York City chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, said between five and 10 members of the clergy were among those arrested.

The demonstrators gathered partly to mark the three-month anniversary of the US Occupy movement, and in an attempt to set up a new base.

Their original Occupy Wall Street camp in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park was shut down by police last month.

The protest movement against financial inequality spread to cities throughout the United States and other countries, but many camps have since been closed.

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