Nine protesters were taken out of the Comcast Center after their 99 minute “general strike” turned into an occupation of the cable-giant’s building.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says officers did what they could, but when the protesters refused to exit the Comcast Building, they were removed in plastic handcuffs.
“Nine people have been arrested seven males and two females, and trespassing is the charge,” said Ramsey.
The commissioner says officers gave the protesters every chance to avoid arrest.
“I think everybody just has to keep their head, and just realize people have a right to protest they have a right to have their point of view, and we respect that,” he said.
Union leader Henry Nicholas was protesting but was not one of those arrested.
“There’s two Americas, one for the rich and one for the rest of us, and unless we raise our voice, no one will hear us,” said Nicholas.
The remainder of the protesters stayed outside the building and cheered as police carried out the nine arrested.