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article imageOccupy Wall Street protesters break into Trinity Church lot

By JohnThomas Didymus     Nov 16, 2011 in Politics
New York - Occupy Wall Street protesters yesterday broke into premises belonging to the Trinity Church in Manhattan. A delegation of the protesters said they were trying to obtain permission of church officials to occupy the lot belonging to the church.
The New York Times reports that at 11 a.m., two protesters in black bandannas were seen using bolt cutters to cut the chain-link fence after which other protesters streamed into the lot.
But when The Blaze contacted Kathy Formisano, spokesperson of the church, she said:
“I just heard the same thing that you heard. Yes it’s happening. We’re in the midst of trying to figure out whats going on."
Formisano explained that the lot, located in a separate but nearby place from the church, is often used for arts and culture exhibits. She confirmed that the church did not approve the protesters occupying the lot. She explained that the church has been supportive of the anti-Wall Street movement and had allowed the protesters use one of their spaces for a general assembly on Friday. The church had also allowed protesters use of its community center which provides free internet access and bathrooms.
At 11:50 a.m. EST, protesters announced the church had asked them to leave, but another statement released soon after said they were yet to receive an official word from the church.
About 11:55 a.m. EST, police entered the lot and arrested several protesters. The New York Times reports that among those arrested were four journalists including a reporter and a photographer from The Associated Press, a reporter from The Daily News and a photographer from DNAInfo. They were led out of the premises in plastic handcuffs.
The Blaze asked the church spokesperson whether the break-in would affect relationship between the church and the protesters. She answered she did not know but said she hoped it would not.
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