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Police: 8 Occupy Atlanta protesters arrested

ATLANTA (AP) — A police spokesman says eight Occupy Atlanta protesters were arrested after they blocked traffic in downtown Atlanta.

Carlos Campos says six men and two women were arrested Thursday afternoon and taken to Atlanta City Detention Center.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/szlTdK ) that about 20 protesters were walking past Georgia State University on their way to the Capitol for a rally when the eight were arrested on charges of obstruction.

The newspaper reports hundreds of students lined the sidewalks watching the protesters pass and afraid to cross the street because officers warned that anyone who stepped into the roadway would be arrested.

Occupy groups in cities around the country planned actions on Thursday as they called for a national day of action, with hundreds marching in New York and Los Angeles.