At least 5 protesters arrested Monday on Wall Street
At least five protesters who were among the dozens camping out on sidewalks near Wall Street for the last week were arrested early Monday morning after police ordered them to clear out, police and protesters said.
Cops woke up the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators at around 6 a.m., protesters said, and ordered them to get up off the sidewalk, where the protesters believe they are legally permitted to sleep.
Four protesters -- three men and a woman in their early 20s -- were arrested at the corner of Wall and Broad streets at around 7:50 a.m. on charges that included obstructing government administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, according to a police spokesman. A fifth protester, 42-year-old Damien Guarniere of Brooklyn, was arrested a few blocks away at 10:30 a.m. for resisting arrest and violating an unspecified local law.
Dozens of protesters then moved to the steps of Federal Hall on Wall Street, where they stayed for the remainder of the day.
A National Park Service ranger told protesters shortly after 5 p.m. that they had to leave, and that camping out and sleeping on the grounds were prohibited.
Mindi Rambo, a spokeswoman for the park service, said a "First Amendment area" is open to the protesters on the east side of the building during the day, but that the site is closed to the public after 5 p.m. "The New York City Police Department knows what our rules are, and we'll work with them to see that those rules are followed," she added, though she wouldn't say if or when the police would enforce them.