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Occupy Wall Street Goes Global: 900 Protests Around the World, Thousands in Times Square

As the rest of the world joined the protests, New Yorkers flooded Times Square--including some police who may be posing as protesters.

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Here is a taste of the magnitude of the police presence in Times Square (click for full size):

After spending a few hours in Times Square, word spread that the crowd was to head back to  Washington Square Park. That is a city-owned green space surrounded by an up-scale residential neighborhood and NYU. It has been used for a few general assembly meetings because it is significantly larger than Zuccotti; it is also seen as a candidate for a second occupation. Attempting to sleep in Washington Square Park would almost certainly bring a confrontation with police because camping is  prohibited in city parks.

While occupiers ultimately decided Saturday night not to attempt to sleep in Washington Square Park, there were several reported arrests and a large police presence.


Justin Elliott is a Salon reporter. Reach him by email at and follow him on Twitter @ElliottJustin.