Latest developments in the global Occupy protests

AP News
Posted: Oct 24, 2011 5:19 PM
Latest developments in the global Occupy protests

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


A former singer with the boy band 98 Degrees pleaded not guilty to trespassing after being arrested in the Occupy Cincinnati protest. Justin Jeffre was one of 11 people arrested early Sunday at the city's Fountain Square after the 3 a.m. closing time. Jeffre says he spent several hours in jail and it was "no fun." But he says it was the right place to be to stand up for free speech.


Bankers use the term "taking a haircut" to mean adjusting a loan. Barbers who support Occupy Wall Street brought the term to life Monday. The half dozen barbers set up chairs on Broadway and gave out free haircuts. Each wore a top with the name of a big financial institution. Barber Steve Vilot said he hopes the free haircuts inspire banks to ease the debts of families in danger of losing their homes.


Nurses joining Chicago's anti-Wall Street movement said health care, jobs and free speech were among their top concerns Monday as they gathered outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office. They also were protesting the Sunday arrests of 130 demonstrators, including two nurses, when they refused to leave Grant Park after it closed at 11 p.m. At the Monday demonstration, dozens of nurses chanted, "Drop the charges now!"


Protesters in the Occupy Rutland movement say they'll have a large contingent the city's popular Halloween parade on Saturday. The 52-year-old parade usually has a superhero theme, and Occupy Rutland activist Kathleen Krevetski said that theme will continue this year. She said Occupy movement participants are superheroes.


More than 20 participants in the Occupy Little Rock movement set up a camp in front of the Clinton Presidential Library. They placed tables, tents and chairs at a park outside the building. Local organizers say they're standing up against the power of corporations in politics. Organizer Adam Lansky said the movement needs time to develop a clear message.