NEW YORK – Occupy Wall Street protesters celebrated the movement’s anniversary Monday by clogging intersections in the city’s financial district, marching to the beat of drums that were a familiar refrain last year.
Protesters roamed around the lower Manhattan financial district all morning in groups of a few dozen each, from one intersection to another and back again, chanting loudly about the ills of Wall Street.
In total, there were a few hundred protesters scattered throughout the city. More than 100 of them were arrested by midafternoon, mostly on disorderly conduct charges.
The day’s events lacked the heft of Occupy protests last year, when protesters gathered by the thousands.
But Occupiers were upbeat as they spread out in their old stomping grounds, giddy at the prospect of being together again.
They brushed off any suggestions that the movement had petered out.
“This is a movement. It’s only been a year,” said protester Justin Stone Diaz, of Brooklyn. “It’s going to take many years for it to develop and figure out exactly who we are.”