“Six mounted police and approximately 65 police in riot gear pushed supporters to the sidewalks and conducted the arrests over a period of several hours,” Occupy group members said in a statement.
A Twitter post from the group as police entered the park said, “This is what a police state looks like.”
Police also arrested 38 people in Austin, Texas, who had set up a table with food and other items outside City Hall two days after the city issued rules saying food tables at the event must be put away between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. When the group was asked to leave the area, the 38 refused and were arrested, police said.
“A number of individuals decided to try to prevent the police from taking the food table, so they formed a ring around it. That’s when they (police) started pulling people out arresting them,” Occupy Austin member Ronnie Garza told CNN affiliate YNN.
Group members questioned the legitimacy of the city’s new guidelines, saying they were not passed by a City Council vote, YNN reported.
“These were arbitrary rules that came from City Hall which is what spurred people to resist in a non-violent way,” Garza said.