A few hundred Occupy Wall Street activists gathered in New York's financial district today to mark the movement's one-year anniversary.
But police kept them well back from the stock exchange, which activists had threatened to surround as part of a day of protests.
The New York Police Department arrested fewer than a dozen activists, led by retired Episcopal Bishop George Packard, who refused to move from a checkpoint along the broad perimeter police had set up to block access to the exchange.
Occupy activists had pledged to disrupt the morning commute in lower Manhattan as part of a day of actions aimed at rejuvenating a movement that has failed to sustain its earlier momentum.
The group gathered early today near Zuccotti Park but were again barred access by police.
The group sponsored a series of activities over the weekend that drew small crowds. New York police arrested about three dozen people at those events.
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