Latest developments in the global Occupy protests

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Posted: Oct 25, 2011 11:10 PM
Latest developments in the global Occupy protests

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

CANADA

The Vancouver-based anti-consumerist magazine Adbusters has called on members of the Occupy movement to protest on the eve of the upcoming summit of the Group of 20 rich and developing nations in Cannes, France, and demand the G20 leaders impose a 1 percent tax on all financial transactions and currency trades. It says the Oct. 29 protest would send the G20 leaders a clear message: "We want you to slow down some of that $1.3 trillion easy money that's sloshing around the global casino each day _ enough cash to fund every social program and environmental initiative in the world." The appeal was posted on the Adbusters website last week.

CALIFORNIA

Police in riot gear cleared anti-Wall Street protesters from in front of Oakland's City Hall on Tuesday morning, leaving a sea of overturned tents, protest signs and trash strewn across the plaza. Hundreds of officers and sheriff's deputies went into the two week-old encampment with tear gas and beanbag rounds around 5 a.m., police said. Eighty-five people were arrested, mostly on suspicion of misdemeanor unlawful assembly and illegal camping. About 170 protesters were at the site.

COLORADO

The first snowfall of the season is expected to arrive in Denver by Wednesday morning, but about 30 Occupy Denver protesters camped in downtown vow to remain in place. Forecasters warn that up to a foot of snow could fall in parts of Colorado. Protesters have received briefings on winter camping and have put a plan in place to check each other for signs of hypothermia. Still, protester Shannon Garcia was a bit concerned _ she's three months' pregnant.

MASSACHUSETTS

A man and woman who had been living in the Occupy Boston tent city have been arrested for allegedly selling heroin to an undercover police officer. They were released after pleading not guilty to drug possession and distribution charges at their arraignments Monday. They also were ordered to stay away from the Occupy Boston encampment. Prosecutors say police set up a sting after learning of drug activity in the encampment.

NEW YORK

MTV says it will follow three young people on the front lines of Occupy Wall Street in New York City for an episode of its "True Life" documentary series. The cable network embedded its cameras over a two-week period to capture protesters' activities and explore what motivates them. The episode is scheduled to air Nov. 5.

A community board that represents lower Manhattan has passed a resolution that proposes two-hour time limits on loud noises, including drumming and chanting, at the Occupy Wall Street protest site. Speakers at Tuesday's meeting included residents fed up with the noise and filth at the site, the half-acre Zuccotti Park, and protesters who stressed the good that the movement is trying to accomplish. All parties involved would have to agree to enact the measures.

ARKANSAS

Members of the Occupy Little Rock group have agreed to move from the Clinton Presidential Center to a city-owned parking lot to end the threat they'll be removed by police. The group voted Monday night after a visit from Little Rock police chief Stuart Thomas, who told the group that city ordinances prohibit them from camping in a city park.