Cops Nab 50 Occupiers Entering Church Lot

New York protesters seeking new camp site
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 17, 2011 5:22 PM CST
New York Police Arrest Occupy Protesters Entering Episcopal Church Lot
Occupy Wall Street protesters lift the fences surrounding a park in an effort to occupy the space they were previously removed from weeks prior, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, in New York.   (John Minchillo)

Dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested today after they scaled a chain-link fence or crawled under it to get to an Episcopal church-owned lot they want to use for a new camp site. Protesters used a wooden ladder to scale the fence or lifted it from below while others cheered them on. A man wearing a Santa suit stood on the ladder among others, as they ignored red "Private Property" signs.

As officers made arrests, protesters shouted obscenities and hollered: "Make them catch you!" The group was inside the lot for a short time before being led out by police in single file through a space in the fence. About 50 people were arrested, police said. "We're just trying to say that this country has gone in the wrong direction, and we need spaces that we can control and we can decide our future in," said one protester. Occupiers have been trying to gain church consent to use the lot since authorities ousted them from Zuccotti Park. (Read more Occupy Wall Street stories.)

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