Occupy Toronto protesters gather
Toronto man arrested in New York
Several hundred people marched through the streets of downtown Toronto on Saturday, part of the continuing Occupy Toronto movement.
Protesters gathered at St. James Park, then headed to Nathan Phillips Square for an afternoon rally.
The protesters have occupied the downtown park for one week now, trying to get attention for their message of social equality.
New Democrat MP Olivia Chow joined the protesters saying those in power should listen more carefully to their message.
The crowd was considerably smaller than the group's first protest last weekend.
Toronto police kept an eye on the march from a distance.
There were no reports of any trouble.
New York arrest
But in New York a 24-year-old Toronto man was taken into police custody after he scaled a 20-meter-tall steel sculpture near the Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York City.
Dylan Spoelstra of Toronto climbed up into the reddish orange structure at about 6 a.m. Saturday near Zuccotti Park, and said he wasn't coming down until Mayor Michael Bloomberg resigned.
New York police officer James Duffy said the police's emergency service unit and expert negotiators were called in to help.
"We had police officers there, obviously, for the demonstration," Duffy said.
"But we had our emergency service unit respond, and our hostage negotiation team respond, not because he had hostages but just because they are skilled in dealing with people, especially irrational people."
After about three hours, the man voluntarily came down from the sculpture in a basket crane alongside an officer.
Duffy said the man was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for psychiatric evaluation.
"He was handcuffed for his safety and for the safety of the officers," he said.
"That's how we deal with emotionally disturbed people, which is how we're looking at this incident right now."
Police said they aren't treating the incident as a criminal matter for the moment, and the length of the evaluation is up to doctors at the hospital.
The incident has received widespread media coverage in New York, where the Occupy Wall Street protests at Zuccotti Park have been ongoing for more than a month.
Some protesters told local media the stunt was a distraction from the movement.