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NYC protesters scale fence at vacant lot

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City police have begun removing Occupy Wall Street protesters who scaled a chain-link fence leading to a church-owned lot they want to use as a camp site.

Protesters used a wooden ladder to scale the fence Saturday. One man wearing a Santa suit stood among the protesters on the ladder as others cheered. While officers made arrests, protesters chanted obscenities and screamed: "Make them catch you!" About a thousand people gathered across the street at a city-owned park.

The original Occupy Wall Street camp has been shut down, leaving protesters to look for another site. Trinity Church says it would be unsafe for them to camp on the lot near the World Trade Center.

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12/17/11 16:16