A 30-year-old Australian woman was arrested in Union Square yesterday when she did not heed police officers' warnings that a planned water fight event had been canceled. Cassandra Wu, in town for her 30th birthday, was arrested after spraying the crowd (including the officers) with a water bottle. "This is crazy and this would never happen in Australia," Wu's sister said.
The water fight, originally planned to celebrate the beginning of the three-week Street Wars tournament, had previously been canceled because of failure to obtain proper permits. After the arrest, dozens of people walked a few blocks east to Stuyvesant Square Park and had a water fight of their own without any trouble from police.
Just last Saturday, several arrests were made after Pandamonium broke out in Union Square and spilled over into Williamsburg.