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About 80 people were arrested on the eighth day of protests in New York on Saturday, the greatest number since demonstrations started near Wall Street.

Earlier arrests in the week totaled about 20 on previous days for similar charges, according to New York City Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne.

The latest arrests include disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and assaulting a police officer, according to Browne.

The protests started September 17 in lower Manhattan and are aimed at drawing attention to the role powerful financial interests played in America’s spiraling economy.

“We’ve got a whole bunch of people sitting in Washington that can’t figure it out,” said organizer Bill Csapo.

The mission is for ” 20,000 people to flood into lower Manhattan, set up beds, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months,” the official “Occupy Wall Street” website read.

By Saturday, the site had a series of updates on arrests, including the exact location of a police van holding arrestees. One was described as having a “very bad concussion, possibly life threatening” and urged participants to demand medicare care for those affected.

“It’s just letting people know that it’s going on,” Csapo said on the website. “We need to call the police and tell them to let these people go.”

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