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Protest of proposed Brooklyn hospital closings ends in arrests

A march and protest through Brooklyn and lower Manhattan over proposals to close two Brooklyn hospitals ended with arrests after 10 protesters sat in the road in the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge on the Manhattan side.

City Councilman Brad Lander of Brooklyn was one of the people arrested.

The arrests were planned as acts of civil disobedience.

The protest started in Cadman Plaza. Protesters then marched across the Brooklyn Bridge and gathered in Foley Square.

The theme of the protest was of a “funeral procession” because protesters believe that the closure of hospitals will lead to the deaths of people in need of medical care.

Some of the protesters carried coffins and tombstones to further that theme.

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