(I put this under constitutional freedoms because I feel this is a perfect example of how our freedoms are constantly being eroded. I find it hard to believe that these arrests represent the worst of the crime happening in NY at the time. It just goes to show that the effort to suppress dissent is spreading.)
Activists, who displayed record profits of companies, have been charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey police.
March 19 2007: 6:00 PM EDT
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Forty-four anti-war activists carrying "blood-splattered" cardboard signs displaying the record profits of companies were arrested outside the New York Stock Exchange Monday morning.
The protesters were charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a police order, according to protest organizer March 19 Peace Action Coalition and the New York Police Department.
Some of the companies mentioned on the signs included Boeing (Charts), General Dynamics (Charts), and Halliburton (Charts).
Twenty-two were arrested for blocking Stock Exchange checkpoints. Another group was arrested next to the charging bull statue, the financial symbol for strength and power, located at the north end of Bowling Green park on Wall Street.
A third group was arrested for blocking traffic in the middle of Wall Street and Water Street.
"Our message was clearly heard," said organizer Frida Berrigan. "The New York Stock Exchange hasn't been a site of protest recently. A lot more work needs to be done to make the connection between those who are profiting from the war and those who are prosecuting the war, but it was successful."