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Dozens of people have been arrested in the United States after a day of protests in cities around the world where tens of thousands gathered to rally against what they see as corporate greed.

About 175 protesters who were part of a growing anti-Wall Street movement were arrested in Chicago when they refused to take down their tents and leave a city park when it closed, police said. Police said 46 people were arrested for criminal trespassing in Phoenix.

The arrests were mostly peaceful and came as somewhat of a contrast to many demonstrators elsewhere, who have taken care to follow laws to continue protesting at Wall Street's role in the financial crisis and other grievances.

Most of the marches were largely non-confrontational, though dozens were arrested in New York and elsewhere when police moved to contain overflowing crowds or keep them off private property. Two officers in New York were injured and had to be taken to hospital.

At least one protest grew violent. In Rome, rioters hijacked what had been a peaceful gathering by tens of thousands and smashed windows, tore up pavements and torched vehicles. Around 70 people were injured.

In Chicago, about 500 people set up camp at the entrance to Grant Park after a protest earlier in the day involving about 2,000. Police said they gave protesters repeated warnings after the park closed at 11pm and began making arrests when they refused to leave.

Officers also asked protesters to take down their tents before beginning to cut them down to clear the area, police said. Protesters who were arrested could face fines for violating a municipal ordinance.

In Arizona, an estimated 40 people were detained at around midnight at a park in Phoenix, and police said some protesters were arrested after they remained in a Tucson park after the closing time.

In New York, two dozen were arrested when demonstrators entered a Citibank branch and refused to leave, police said. Earlier, as many as 1,000 demonstrators also paraded to a Chase bank branch, banging drums, blowing horns and carrying signs decrying corporate greed.

The day culminated in an event in the city's Times Square, where thousands of demonstrators mixed with Broadway show-goers, tourists and police to create a chaotic scene in the midst of Manhattan.

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