Occupy protesters arrested in New York, Los Angeles

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Occupy Wall Street protesters surge toward police at New York’s Zuccotti Park on Thursday morning.
November 17th, 2011
02:40 PM ET

[Updated at 2:40 p.m. ET] Demonstrators and police clashed on a street in Lower Manhattan on Thursday afternoon, according to CNN producer Brian Vitagliano, who was at the scene. Four ambulances and a separate emergency response vehicle responded to the incident.

Thursday is what Occupy Wall Street protesters are calling a national “mass day of action” meant to mark two months since the movement began.

[Updated at 1:54 p.m. ET] Occupy Wall Street demonstrators and police have scuffled again Thursday in New York’s Zuccotti Park, where waves of protesters faced off against columns of police in and around the Lower Manhattan park.

Thursday afternoon’s scuffling – following a morning confrontation at the park – came as police attempted to put up metal barricades.

[Updated at 1:34 p.m. ET]Twenty-five people have been arrested at an Occupy protest in Los Angeles on Thursday morning, police Officer Rosario Herrera tells CNN.

The arrests came on what Occupy Wall Street protesters are calling a national “mass day of action” meant to mark two months since the movement began.

In Los Angeles, two people were arrested on suspicion of interfering with police officers, and 23 people were arrested on suspicion of unlawful assembly.

A heavy police presence also he been put in place in New York, where about 75 protester arrests were reported Thursday morning; Dallas; and Portland, Oregon.

In Dallas, CNN affiliate WFAA broadcast images of police sweeping through city squares where protesters had been gathering and camping. In Portland, protesters’ plans for Thursday include “occupy banks.” “Let’s shut them down!” the organizing website n17pdx.org says.

Large groups of demonstrators gathered in front of Portalnd’s downtown hotels, carrying placards and chanting, “We are the 99%.”

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