We’re just back from Sara D. Roosevelt Park, where a large group of protesters was involved in a skirmish with police earlier this afternoon. At around 1:30, the group (assembled on East Houston Street between Forsyth and Chrystie) appeared to be preparing to move east, perhaps to meet up with another group of protesters on Avenue D. Police moved into the crowd, pushed several people to the ground and made a number of arrests. The crowd eventually dispersed and headed downtown through the park.
Photographer Tim Schreier has been documenting the protests throughout the day. He was at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge when a large group of protesters and cops streamed across the walkway from Brooklyn. There were at least two arrests at this location.
The group marched westward toward Sara D. Roosevelt Park, staging a makeshift rally on the steps leading to the basketball courts. Police – some in riot gear, some in plain clothes – stood alongside the street observing the crowd for about a half hour before they made their move. Occupy Wall Street participants said those taken into custody were apparently arrested for carrying signs that were too large.
And a few more photos. Jeanne Wilcke sent along this shot showing observers from the Lawyers Guild conferring before the Lower East Side protest:
And The Lo-Down’s Robin Schatell shot these images near the Williamsburg Bridge: