NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Climate change activists, fresh off a weekend march through midtown, descended on Wall Street on Monday to bring their call for new environmental regulations to the symbol of corporate America.
Thousands of protesters were met by scores of New York police officers, leading to encounters that led to a handful of arrests. Police barricades at Wall Street prevented protestors from entering the narrow pedestrian walkway that is home to the New York Stock Exchange. Rather than attempt to break the barricades, activists settled for a sit-in down Broadway.
Tourists, who usually throng Wall Street, were otherwise left to observe a different sort of spectacle.
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By midday, much of lower Broadway was jammed with marchers sporting signs and assorted smart phones, recording chanting and singing along with isolated clashes with police. In one instance, a protester was arrested after refusing to get off a phone booth. Police appeared content to allow protesters to sit in the middle of Broadway, near the famous statue of a bull, rather than attempting to evict them.Click through to see various scenes of the protest around Wall Street.
Protestors took over a large section of Broadway, south of Wall Street, wrapping around the iconic Wall Street Bull.
Among the marchers, one man with a yellow beanie sported an iPhone, a cigarette and a beer, while leading a passionate chant.
Two soldiers of activism unsuccessfully attempted to dismantle the barriers arranged by the NYPD. After apprehending one of the protestors' identification, the police officer instructed the man in shorts to reassemble the section he had attempted to remove.
Flurries of signs, both ironic and earnest, printed and hand made peppered the throngs of protestors.
T-shirts emblazoned with slogans and messages were spread throughout the groups, each with an eye to social media.
Despite the serious nature of the protest, marchers were able to sit down on Broadway, under sunny, pleasant skies.
Protestors of all ages took part in the climate change march, holding signs, chanting slogans and talking with each other.