NY musters 1,000 counter terror force
Police officers try to pull an Occupy Wall Street protester out of a group in New York, November 17, 2011.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says a thousand police officers have been assigned to counter-terrorism duties amid reports of growing anti-Wall street protests.
Bloomberg referred to an alleged terrorist plot in the city that was reported foiled by city officials, adding that the police deployment to the crisis-hit city is a precautionary measure, AFP reported on Monday.
“Because of such repeated threats, the NYPD (New York Police Department) remains focused on preventing another terrorist attack," the mayor added.
Bloomberg noted that an "al-Qaeda sympathizer," that plotted to target police and post offices as well as soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan in New York was arrested in his apartment.
Earlier in the day, a few dozen protesters gathered outside the residence of Bloomberg and banged their drums in protest at the removal of their camps in lower Manhattan.
"He paid us a visit, now we are paying him a visit," said a demonstrator in reference to the police raid on Zuccotti Park, the birthplace of the Occupy movement.
Some of the demonstrators carried signs denouncing the use of pepper spray on peaceful protesters at the University of California at Davis, an incident that triggered outrage among activists.
The Occupy movement emerged after a group of demonstrators gathered in New York's financial district on September 17 to protest against the unjust distribution of wealth in the country and the excessive influence of major corporations on US policies.
Despite the police crackdown and the mass arrests, the Occupy movement, which grew out of the Occupy Wall Street movement, has now spread to major US cities as well as to Australia, Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, and France.