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Occupy Wall Street anniversary: More than 100 arrested

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More than 100 people have been arrested as protesters marched on the first anniversary of the Occupy movement.

Several hundred demonstrators met in locations around lower Manhattan early on Monday and began marching and holding sit-ins around Wall Street.

Events were planned in 30 cities, including a march in San Francisco.

A protest beginning on 17 September 2011 sparked a wave of demonstrations against money's influence in politics across the US.

In October, about 700 protesters were arrested in one day as protests spilled on to the Brooklyn Bridge.

Last week, legal pressure forced Twitter to hand over messages sent by an Occupy Wall Street protester arrested on the bridge who claims police action moved protesters off the walkway and into the road where they were arrested.

'They control our lives'

Organisers hoped the anniversary would help revitalise the movement, and planned to hold a series of events throughout the day.

Police officers blocked the entrance to Wall Street, and nearby workers were asked to produce identification to enter offices.

Officials said they had made at least 125 arrests by 12:15 local time (16:15 GMT), a number corroborated by witness accounts from The National Lawyers Guild.

Most of the arrests were for disorderly conduct, including four protesters in wheelchairs who were removed after they blocked a street, and retired Episcopalian bishop George Packard.

"I am here today because of the greed of Wall Street," he told AFP. "All roads lead to Wall Street, they control our lives."

By the afternoon, protesters returned to Zuccotti Park, where the Occupy movement began an encampment one year ago.

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