Latest developments in the Occupy protests

AP News
Posted: Nov 07, 2011 5:18 PM
Latest developments in the Occupy protests

Some of the latest developments in the Occupy protests:


The Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York City are preparing for the possibility of a punishing winter by erecting tents designed to withstand frigid temperatures and stave off hypothermia.

The tents, described as military-grade and half measuring as big as a tiny cottage, began to pop up Monday, with the first planned for medics and another designated as a safe space for women.

Jeffrey Brewer, one of the protesters working to put up the tents, said three had been erected early Monday and he was helping to install four more.

Brewer says another 20 tents are being ordered, half measuring 16-by-16-feet, and the rest measuring 11-by-11 feet.

The company that owns the Zuccotti Park, where the protesters have set up camp, technically doesn't allow tents. But it has declined to enforce the rules for weeks.

Also, elected officials and labor leaders were among the nearly 1,000 black and Latino community members marching the length of Manhattan, from Washington Heights south to Wall Street, to show support for the Occupy movement.

Organizers of the 11-mile march say they want to connect black and Latino supporters from all over the city.


Five people were arrested early Monday at or near a downtown park that has been an off-and-on site of Occupy Atlanta protests.

The arrests come a day after 20 demonstrators were taken to jail by officers in riot gear when a rally spilled into the streets.

Atlanta police said one protester draped in an American flag inside Woodruff Park was arrested after refusing to leave by a Sunday night curfew, and four other people on bicycles were arrested near the park _ three for traffic violations and one for obstruction of a law enforcement officer.


Occupy DC protesters provided a police report Monday that they say supports their account that a driver who struck three people at a weekend demonstration hit a fourth person in a separate incident a few minutes earlier.

Police had previously discussed the Friday incident in which three people demonstrating outside the city's convention center were hit, saying the driver was not charged because witness accounts suggested the demonstrators jumped in front of his car. An assistant police chief reviewing that incident Saturday with reporters said he was not aware of a fourth demonstrator being struck.

But on Monday, the demonstrators called for further investigation.


Eight protesters with Occupy Honolulu who were arrested for attempting to establish an encampment at a local park over the weekend have been released on bail.

The eight were arrested Saturday when about 40 protesters gathered at the city's Thomas Square were told by authorities to leave. The protesters were bailed out early Sunday.

The group also plans to meet and discuss plans for this week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in the city.


Citations were issued to 43 Occupy Chicago protesters who blocked an intersection in the city's financial district Monday and then refused to leave.

Occupy Chicago organizers said the protesters were senior citizens who were objecting to proposed cuts to Social Security, Medicare and other benefits.

Police say the incident lasted about an hour, and protesters were cited for impeding the flow of traffic.


Rappers and hip hop heavyweights are supporting the Oakland Occupy protest.

MC Hammer, Raymond "Boots" Riley of hip hop group The Coup, and local rapper Mistah FAB have become a regular presence at the encampments, taking up bullhorns and staying until dawn even amid clashes with police.

The artists say despite their fame, they, too, stand for the 99 percent.

Rappers Talib Kweli, Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco also have visited protesters in New York City's Zuccotti Park, and other major cities. But Oakland became a rallying point for Occupy Wall Street demonstrators nationwide after an Iraq War veteran was injured two weeks ago in a tear gas-filled confrontation with riot police.


Occupy Delaware protesters have been granted a permit for a seven-day stay at a downtown plaza.

The permit approved Monday allows the group to stage events at Spencer Plaza, next to the federal courthouse. The city is charging Occupy Delaware a $200 fee.

The participants can remain in the park overnight, but cannot erect tents or other structures. The city refused a permit for another plaza across the street.

The protesters on Sunday rejected the state's offer to stay at Brandywine Park, saying the site was not visible enough and had too many restrictions.


Lynchburg is the latest addition to Virginia's Occupy movement.

Media outlets report that about 15 to 20 people attended Occupy Lynchburg's first gathering Sunday at Miller Park. The group plans to meet every Sunday.

There also are local Occupy movements in Richmond, Roanoke, Charlottesville, Martinsville and Norfolk.



A poll of managers in London's financial services industry shows many believe some of their colleagues are paid too much, while a majority say they're motivated more by salary and bonuses than enjoyment at work.

The poll released Monday was commissioned by the St. Paul's Institute at St. Paul's Cathedral. It was based on online responses of 515 managers in the finance industry between Aug. 30 and Sept. 12. That was more than a month before the Occupy movement has set up camp at St. Paul's to protest social inequality and the excesses of the banking industry.

The poll showed that 66 percent of those sampled thought bond traders earned too much, and 63 percent said chief executives of the top 100 British corporations were overpaid.

Two-thirds of respondents said that salary and bonuses was their most important motivation, with "enjoyment of work" ranked second.

The poll results showed three-fourths of respondents saying the gap between rich and poor was too large in Britain, and 70 percent thought teachers were underpaid.