NEW YORK (Reuters) – About 100 protesters were arrested on Monday in New York City during a demonstration that at one point blocked streets near the stock exchange to denounce what organisers say is Wall Street’s contribution to climate change.
The demonstration, called Flood Wall Street, drew hundreds of protesters, and came a day after a bigger action that brought 310,000 people to the streets of New York in what activists described as the largest protest ever against climate change.
Sunday’s turnout was about triple that of the previous biggest demonstration on climate change, a Copenhagen demonstration five years ago.
For several hours on Monday, protesters stopped traffic on Broadway south of the New York Stock Exchange.
Shortly after the close of trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, demonstrators tried to push back metal barricades that police had used to keep them away, an effort that ended when police turned pepper spray on the crowd.
Police later broke up the gathering, ordering remaining protesters to disband. A core group of a few dozen activists staged a sit-in steps away from Wall Street, and police officers handcuffed and walked them away one-by-one.