NEW YORK, Friday

Anti-Wall Street protesters declared victory on Friday after New York authorities at the last minute put off plans to evacuate the park- turned tent city they have been occupying for the last month.

But at least three people were arrested close to the square when scuffles broke out with police, an AFP journalist said.

Bloodied face

Police intervened when a group of demonstrators were walking along the road instead of on the sidewalk, which is prohibited. One of those arrested had a bloodied face.

Earlier the owners of the property suspended a request for the city to clear the square for routine cleaning and said they believed they could reach an agreement with the protesters, Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway said in a statement.

The demonstrators had vowed a pre-dawn show of strength to prevent their eviction from the makeshift base that is the symbolic epicenter of their fledgling but growing movement which has spread nationwide in recent weeks.

But Brookfield Properties, which owns the site, “believes they can work out an arrangement with the protesters that will ensure the park remains clean and safe,” Holloway added.