We’re seeing reports on Twitter that protesters from Occupy Wall Street have marched down to the Brooklyn Bridge, and hundreds of people have begun to stream into traffic lanes, completely stopping traffic on the bridge. According to NY Times reporter Brian Stelter on the scene, “Scratch that: a LARGE # of protesters are in lanes of traffic. Traffic out of Manhattan is now completely stopped.” [Watch live video stream below]
Gawker’s Adrian Chen, who is also down there, wrote, “Shit, they’re shutting down the brooklyn bridge,” and also tweeted a picture of the Brooklyn-bound lane completely blocked. We’ll update as we hear more about what’s going on by the bridge.
Update 4:26 p.m.: Police have no arrived on the scene and have started arresting protesters en masse: “Police going to make mass arrest on Brooklyn bridge,” tweeted Jeff Rae. According to @jopauca, “Two white shirts just beat someone. Someone has video.” There are also reports that police have blockaded both sides of the bridge now and taken out the nets.
You can watch a http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution”>live video stream of what’s going on below:
Update 4:40 p.m.: Protesters are chanting “Let us go” as police seem to be going around arresting people at random. Police could be seen arresting a very young looking girl (15-17 from what we can tell), and people are screaming that they are arresting a “little girl” for no reason (at least one person identified her as 13, but we can’t confirm if that’s true). You can see a screen shot of her below.
Update 4:50 p.m.: We could see Hero Vincent, who has been assisting the organizers at Zuccotti Park this week, being arrested by police. Below is another picture that shows several cops arresting a single person, surrounded by a huge amount of protesters:
Update 5:00 p.m.: Things seem to be getting more dangerous down at the bridge for everyone involved:according to @jopauca, “NYPD keeps moving line forward. Its getting really hard for ppl to breathe.” In addition,Chen tweets, “Caravan of police buses heading to the bridge. Have a feeling they arrested a bunch of stragglers.”
Update 5:15 p.m.: While many protesters have left the bridge, or made it across to Brooklyn, some are still there and are being arrested one-by-one by police. @Jopauca is live-tweeting the arrests, including his own: “I’ll be arrested momentarily. See ya’ll soon.” According to Andres Gutierrez, “#nypd taking mugshots on the spot of #occupywallst protesters on the #brooklynbridge.” You can see a pic below:
NotifyNYC is understatedly reporting: “Due to police activity, BK-bound traffic is temporarily suspended on the BK Bridge. There are also extensive delays MN-bound.”
Wikinews is also reporting that,”Natasha Lennard, a lead contributor for the New York Times, has been arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.”