Multiple people were apprehended by police during a May Day Anti-Capitalism March that started at Tompkins Square Park this afternoon.
At East 14th Street and Second Avenue, The Local arrived on the scene to see officers loading a young man wearing a black hood into a van.
A friend of the individual who at first identified himself as Etan and then asked to be called Gristle said, “They grabbed somebody from the sidewalk and pulled him down and arrested him,” adding that the man, who he declined to identify by name, was standing up against a wall doing nothing when he was taken into custody.
Gristle said he and an indeterminate number of people were protesting capitalism and oppression during a march to Union Square when the apprehension occurred. “They don’t want anyone who’s protesting to even exist,” he said of the many police officers stationed in the middle of the intersection, bringing crosstown traffic to a halt.
A witness named Jack, who did not want to give his surname, said a woman was also arrested as she walked toward Union Square. Another witness who didn’t want to be named (“they’ll arrest me too,” he joked) said the arrestees were seemingly doing nothing when they were apprehended.
Christopher Robbins, a reporter for Gothamist, described the march on Twitter as “brisk, violent, saw 5 arrests. Now protesters & cops mill around in U Square.” He reported “four violent arrests” at Second Avenue and East 15th Street,” and tweeted a photo of an arrest at East 13th Street and Avenue C. Nick Pinto, a staff writer for the Village Voice, also tweeted about arrests at those corners, and said people were running in the street. Like Robbins, he put the number of demonstrators at about 100. Allison Kilkenny, a co-host of Citizen Radio, reported on Twitter that she saw three arrests, and tweeted photos of one.
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