Anti-Wall Street demonstrators of the Occupy Chicago movement stood their ground in a downtown park in noisy but peaceful defiance of police orders to clear out, prompting 130 arrests early Sunday, authorities said.
Occupy Chicago spokesman Joshua Kaunert vowed after the arrests that protests would continue in the Midwest city.
"We're not going anywhere. There are still plenty of us," Kaunert told The Associated Press after the arrests, which took police more than an hour to complete.
Chicago police said Sunday morning that 130 arrests had been made. Kaunert said none of those arrested had resisted.
"Everybody was very peaceful and smiling and there was no violence, though a lot of chanting," he said.
Police began taking people into custody just before 1 a.m. Sunday. Those arrested were led in groups to vans and two large white buses as others clamored to be arrested.
"Take me next! Take me next!" some shouted as police began the arrests. Others chanted as they were led away: "We'll be back!"
Some said earlier that arrests only signal the importance of the Occupy movement.
"This movement will not be a serious movement until we take a stand, and getting arrested is just one way of taking a stand," said Max Farrar, 20, a junior political science major at DePaul University, speaking Saturday to a reporter.
Occupy Wall Street began a month ago in New York among a few young people, and has grown to tens of thousands around the U.S. and the world.
Elsewhere in the U.S., police arrested Occupy protesters in Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Santa Ana, Calif.
To view a video report from CBS Station WBBM click on the player below.In Chicago about 1,500 people gathered for the protest that began Saturday. Demonstrators descended on the city park with hopes of making it the movement's permanent home. The group had started in Chicago's financial district before marching to the park.
Along the way, marchers chanted "Banks got bailed out, we got sold out!" and held signs that read "Greed Sucks" and "No War But The Class War" while police on horses blocked them from walking on the street on Michigan Avenue, leaving them with just the sidewalks to occupy.
"People are angry, they're hungry, they're homeless," protester Chris Skowronski told CBS Station WBBM. "I still have a job. I have a home, but I can see the anger in the streets. I'm afraid this is going to turn into Greece or all these other countries. People have had it!"
"This is going to affect us when we get older," Ciara Braese told WBBM Correspondent Suzanne Le Mignot.
When asked what will be affected, Braesa replied, "'The economy, how it is now and as we get older, if the economy stays this way, I don't think we'll have jobs and ways for us to make a living."
Many also talked about the importance of healthcare.
Protester Yvonne Wells said she pays $1,100-$1,300 every month for COBRA insurance because of a pre-existing condition. "We need healthcare for everyone," she told WBBM.
The movement also spread to suburban Naperville, Ill.
"We got to let the politicians know, this is the mood of the entire country, not just a few people congregating in Washington," said protester Steve Alesch.
Officers had begun placing metal barricades around the area of Chicago's Grant Park known as Congress Plaza about 11:10 p.m. Saturday, minutes after the park had closed. Afterward, police then went through the crowd and warned people to leave or risk arrest for remaining in the closed park in violation of a city ordinance.
Several of the protesters who stayed inside the barricades in the park sat on the ground. Others locked arms as police circled and then began arresting people.
In other "Occupy" developments:
Philadelphia: Police arrested 15 protesters who camped out in the middle of the street across from police headquarters overnight. Deputy Commissioner William Blackburn says a group had marched Saturday from the Occupy Philadelphia encampment outside City Hall to police headquarters to protest alleged police brutality across the nation.
Protesters say the group gathered on the sidewalk across the street, and after several hours police closed the road and asked them to move. Police say about 20 to 30 people moved into the middle of the
blocked-off street and remained there until about noon Sunday, ignoring requests to disperse. Blackburn said police then arrested 15 people on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a highway. A few dozen protesters remained on the sidewalk in the area.