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A New York City police officer was slashed during Thursday’s “Occupy Wall Street” action and a second officer was taken to a local hospital with an eye injury, after clashes with protesters and activists across lower Manhattan, sources told FoxNews.com.

Both officers are said to be in stable condition, although the incident marked an escalation of tension in the uneasy give-and-take between New York officers charged with maintaining order and protesters determined to be heard.

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Nov. 17: Demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement march through the streets of the financial district in New York.

The injuries were reported after a long day of marches and demonstrations across Manhattan’s Financial District by protesters, driven by various grievances but generally opposing an economic system that, they say, benefits the rich while squeezing the majority of Americans. Like-minded protesters have also staged demonstrations in other cities, and clashes with police have intensified since last weekend.

In New York City, law enforcement sources said a single officer, on duty at the time, waded for unknown reasons Thursday into a mass of protesters in Zuccotti Park, the epicenter of the Occupy movement. Once there, the officer called for back-up, and two additional officers responded to the call for help and joined the original one.

Something was thrown at the eyes of the original officer, perhaps an irritant, law enforcement sources at the scene said. Then, moments later, something “sharp” was thrown at one of the officers providing back-up, causing a deep gash on this thumb, one of the sources said.

The officer hit in the eye was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where his injured eye was “flushed out,” a law enforcement source said. The second officer was taken to an unidentified local hospital, where he was due to receive numerous stitches to close the gash on his hand, law enforcement sources told FoxNews.com.

The protesters took to the streets Thursday morning, marking two months since the movement’s beginning, but with far less than the anticipated 10,000 activists marching on the heart of the Financial District. Only about a fifth of that number appeared to amass in lower Manhattan.

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