Occupy Wall Street urges strike over arrests

An Occupy Wall Street demonstrator is arrested in Zuccotti Park after a march to celebrate the protest's sixth month, Saturday, March 17, 2012, in New York. A couple hundred people attended.
AP Photo/John Minchillo

(AP) NEW YORK - Occupy Wall Street activists are calling for supporters to skip work on May 1 to protest what they are calling police brutality during 73 arrests in New York during the weekend.

Protesters and members of New York's City Council held a news conference on Monday to complain about police tactics. On Saturday, police forced hundreds of activists out of Zuccotti Park while they were marking the sixth month of the movement.

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For the one-day strike in May, Occupy supporters across the country are encouraging supporters to stay out of work and school, and to refrain from spending money. In New York, a coalition of unions and worker justice groups plan to march through the city.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says police were respectful of people's rights during the arrests.