Latest developments in the global Occupy protests

AP News
Posted: Oct 19, 2011 5:30 AM
Latest developments in the global Occupy protests

Some of the latest developments in the Occupy protests taking place in cities across the world:


The Rev. Jesse Jackson, a prominent civil rights activist, met with protesters in Zuccotti Park for the second day Tuesday and protesters said he helped them prevent police from removing tents that violated park rules. Later about 200 Occupy Wall Street protesters marched from the park to the Manhattan district attorney's office to demand an investigation into what they say was an "unprovoked assault" on a protester by police last week. Protesters carried signs that read "End NYPD Violence." Activist Felix Rivera-Pitre was seen on video being punched by an officer on Friday. Police said the altercation occurred after he tried to elbow an officer in the face.

Feminist author Naomi Wolf and a companion were taken into police custody Tuesday night outside an awards ceremony to honor New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. She was detained after ignoring police warnings to stay off the street in front of the building where the ceremony was being held and where 50 Occupy Wall Street protesters were rallying.


The reclusive North Korean government says the Occupy movement shows that people are fed up with capitalism's ills, and attributes the protests to the "extremely acute socio-class contradictions" created after the global financial crisis in 2007. The official Korean Central News Agency said North Koreans are proud of their socialist system because it is ruled by science and will continue flourish in the future. In a separate dispatch titled "Capitalism has no Future," the agency said worldwide events never unfold the way imperialists want them to. North Korea is one of the world's most impoverished nations and relies on outside aid to feed many of its 24 million people.


Demonstrators in Providence are urging activists to form small support groups to help one another in case police seek to break up their encampment at Burnside Park, for which they don't have a permit, and arrest anyone refusing to leave. Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare has said there are no plans to evict the protesters.


Building owners who pay for upkeep of a Cincinnati park where protests are taking place are pressuring city officials to end the demonstrations there, while an Occupy spokeswoman says the group spends 10 minutes every hour cleaning up. Protesters have been issued citations for staying in the park after hours.


Police urged the two dozen or so protesters in Colorado Springs to get permits that would allow them to set up tents to keep their supplies _ as long as they don't try to sleep in them. If the protesters don't comply or the permits aren't approved, they'll have to come down. Several people who have not complied have been given written warnings, and one person was arrested early Tuesday.


Police in Fort Wayne told protesters they could remain in Headwaters Park for at least a few more days if they stay peaceful and follow rules. About 250 protesters rallied Saturday, and about a dozen were at the park Monday.


Authorities in Lincoln said a camp set up near the state Capitol is legal because it's in a public right-of-way, not in a park. About two dozen tents went up last weekend along Centennial Mall in what organizers said would be a long-term protest.