Bishop George Packard, who was once a military chaplain in Iraq, joined other protesters climbing over a chain-link fence.

They were trying to set up a new camp on property belonging to Trinity Church. Officials at the Episcopal church have supported the movement but said their property was not available to be occupied.

The former bishop, who was wearing a magenta cassock and attended the demonstration with his wife, was led away in handcuffs.

Just before the protest he had written on the internet: “What awaits us I do not know. I do know that for me, and the OWS, I know no violence is intended, only peaceful disobedience if it comes to that.”

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