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Gatherings elsewhere included one in Providence, R.I., that attracted about 60 people to a public park. The participants called it a “planning meeting” and initially debated whether to allow reporters to cover it. In Boston, protesters set up an encampment across the street from the Federal Reserve Building.

The New York protesters have spent most of their time in the plaza, sleeping on air mattresses, holding assemblies at which they discuss their goals and listening to celebrity speakers including gadfly film-maker Michael Moore and professor Cornel West.

On the past two Saturdays, though, they marched to other parts of the city, which led to tense standoffs with police. On Sept. 24, about 100 people were arrested and the group put out video that showed some women being hit with pepper spray by a police official. On Oct. 1, more than 700 people were arrested as the group trekked to the Brooklyn Bridge.

Some of the protesters said they were lured onto the roadway by police, or they didn’t hear the calls from authorities to head to the pedestrian walkway. Police said no one was tricked into being arrested, and those in the back of the group who couldn’t hear were allowed to leave.

The police department on Sunday released video footage to back up its stance. In one of the videos, an official uses a bullhorn to warn the crowd. Marchers can be seen chanting, “Take the bridge.”