At least 80 people were arrested in New York over the weekend as hundreds marched through the Lower Manhattan financial district in protest against bank bailouts and corporate greed.

The demonstrators blew horns as they made their way through the city on Sunday, although barricades kept them away from the New York Stock Exchange.

A message on the Occupy Wall Street website said: "The one thing we all have in common is that we are the 99 per cent that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1 per cent."

Another highlighted repossessions hitting the US housing market saying: "Banks are able to restructure settlements constantly, they receive billions of dollars so that they can stay afloat long enough to steal your property from you."

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- Independent