New York: Bolstered by worldwide rallies in support of their movement against corporate greed, thousands of anti-Wall Street protestors on Sunday marched to the iconic Times Square here, leading to clashes with police and arrest of at least 74 demonstrators.

The protestors from 'Occupy Wall Street' marched from the city's financial district to Times Square, disrupting traffic on busy Manhattan streets.

The month-long movement, which was born here, has spread across the country and the world, with similar large scale protests being held in Asia and Europe.
New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said that after an orderly procession of hundreds of protesters from Zuccotti Park to Washington Square, a smaller group left Washington Square and entered a Citibank branch.

Two police officers were injured in the Times Square confrontation and sent to hospital for treatment, he said.

As police on horseback clashed with demonstrators and cleared the street, protesters chanted, "We are peaceful protesters" and "The whole world is watching."

In a statement, Citigroup said a large number of protesters entered its branch and were very disruptive, refusing to leave after being repeatedly asked. The bank staff then called 911 emergency service.

"They were very disruptive and refused to leave after being repeatedly asked," the Citibank statement said. "The police asked the branch staff to close the branch until the protestors could be removed."

As the protestors reached Times Square, they shouted slogans and banged drums.
Seventy-four protesters were arrested during the demonstrations. Police took into custody at least 45 protesters from the Square, while another 24 were arrested from near the Citibank branch and charged with criminal trespass. Five more arrests took place elsewhere in the city.

"Banks got bailed out, we got sold out," shouted protesters.

Protests against corporate greed and financial industry bailouts were also witnessed in Washington, Miami, a city where such demonstrations are rare, and Los Angeles on Saturday.

'Occupy Wall Street' is an ongoing series of demonstrations against social and economic inequality, corporate greed and the influence of corporate money and lobbyists on government, among other concerns.

Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, over 1,000 protesters in London and thousands others in Rome and elsewhere across the world on Saturday protested against deep budget cuts and corporate greed.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange joined the protesters in London.

In London, protesters were pushed back by police as they tried to march from St Paul's Cathedral to the Stock Exchange.

Addressing the gathering, Assange said: "One of the reasons why we support what is happening here in Occupy London is because the banking system in London is the recipient of corrupt money".

Reports from Rome said clashes erupted when riot police intervened after a group of masked men attacked property.

Police used tear gas and water, and baton-charged the crowd. Millions across Europe have been affected by the chain of events sparked off by economic downturn, huge budget deficits and job losses. Greece, Spain, Italy and Britain have been particularly affected in recent years.

The original protests began on May 15 in Spain, which was badly hit by economic crisis.

(Agencies)