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Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested for hunger strike at Trinity Wall Street

December 05, 2011 12:00PM

Three Occupy Wall Street protestors were arrested this weekend for trespassing after staging an overnight hunger strike at Trinity Wall Street, an Episcopal church downtown, the New York Observer and NY1 reported.

The Occupy protesters want the church, one of New York City’s largest landlords, operating as Trinity Real Estate, to let them use a vacant area of land it owns on Canal Street and Sixth Avenue.

Previously, Trinity had given Occupiers Wi-Fi and power at its 109 Greenwich Street property, between Carlisle and Rector streets.

Trinity began the formal process of re-zoning the Hudson Square area, as the triangle between Sixth Avenue and Canal and Houston streets is known, in October. Trinity said it would add 3,000 new residential units to the neighborhood, if Community Board 2 approves the change later this month. The current zoning allows manufacturing, commercial and hotel uses.

The OWS protesters want space to resume their protests after Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York Police Department forced them out of Zuccotti Park last month. [NYO] and [NY1]

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