Latest developments in the global Occupy protests

AP News
Posted: Oct 20, 2011 7:55 PM
Latest developments in the global Occupy protests

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


At least two school groups were at Occupy Wall Street on Thursday, using the protest as part of their lesson plan. Middle School 131 social studies teacher Ben Geballe took 16 children to Zuccotti Park as part of their school assignment: to interview, photograph and videotape protesters for a documentary.

The plaza commandeered by activists who helped birth the global protest is owned by a wealthy real estate corporation with multimillion-dollar properties around the world _ precisely the sort of company the protesters have been shouting about for more than a month. Brookfield Office Properties, a highly respected real estate power player, now finds itself in an unprecedented quandary: how to keep the public from using a space that is, well, for the public.


Seven people were arrested for blocking traffic outside the U.S. Bancorp building in downtown Minneapolis during a protest by OccupyMN, police say. The group set up two tents in an intersection and didn't move when police asked them to, police Sgt. William Palmer said.


Occupy New Hampshire protesters are planning to regroup _ and possibly relocate _ after some arrests in Manchester for criminal trespass. Eighteen protesters were issued citations for violating a city ordinance prohibiting people from being in the city's parks from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., police said.


Protesters who have been at the Statehouse in Columbia tried to take their rally to a nearby Wells Fargo bank but stopped in front of the wrong building, the State newspaper reported. Police Chief Randy Scott pointed out to the group that Wells Fargo was farther up the street.


Southern Illinois University's campus in Carbondale is allowing protesters to take part in the Occupy Wall Street movement, but camping out on campus isn't welcome. WSIL-TV reports police took down a tent on the 20,000-student campus after protesters resisted doing it themselves. The protest began less than a week ago.


Protesters ask North Carolina officials again to let them camp on the old Capitol grounds after a week of demonstrations. Occupy Raleigh announced it had filed an extended-use permit starting Saturday through Oct. 30.