New York (CNN) — Protests swelled in cities nationwide
Friday as police forces struggled to either corral or remove demonstrators from
downtown parks and plazas in the latest development of the monthlong Occupy Wall
Scores of protesters were arrested in Denver, Seattle, San Diego and New
York, though reports of violence were rare. CNN iReporters sent in photos and
video from “occupy” protests across several American cities.
In San Diego, CNN affiliate KFMB broadcast images of police detaining
demonstrators as they gathered amid tents and tarps strewn about a downtown
Protesters appeared to refuse to leave the area, sitting in columns atop the
plastic tarps and yelling “stay down” as police tried to remove them from the
scene. At one point, police used pepper spray to break up the crowd.
“We understand people have a right to protest (but), somewhere along the
line, people have a right to conduct business,” San Diego Police Chief William
Lansdowne told CNN affiliate KGTV.