This was a peaceful demonstration and the actions of the NYPD are not much different from the first stages in the protests in Tunis or Cairo. The remarks of mayor Bloomberg two weeks ago “People can protest here because this is New York” were hollow words.
The question is when will the NYPD use lethal violence against the protesters?
As it appears in the photo, it is the higher officers of the NYPD again taking the lead in the repression. Rank and file of the NYPD, also younger, may be more sympathetic toward the protesters.
Shame on the Bloomberg administration for allowing this to happen. This repression will only feed the anger.
BBC photos of the confrontation of the bridge: