Protesters Arrested on NYPL Steps during Convention

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Some 75 protesters were arrested August 31 in front of the New York Public Library's Humanities and Social Sciences Library on Fifth Avenue amid demonstrations taking place during the Republican National Convention.

As about 200 people gathered on the steps of the library for a march to Madison Square Garden, two young women tried to hold up a banner when police pinned them to the ground and a scuffle erupted between officers and demonstrators. Cyndy Bruce, 26, of Chicago said in the September 1 Long Island (N.Y.) Newsday, "The officer said you can't hang it but you can hold it. As soon as they held it up, the officers swarmed in. They incited this violence. Not us." Newsday reported that police moved the protesters away from the library and wrapped the whole block in orange netting.

NYPL Public Relations Manager Carolyn Oyama told American Libraries that no library employees were involved in the protest and that no demonstrators came inside the library. She said that the event only lasted about 45 minutes and that "the egress from the library was not affected. …