Latest developments in the Occupy protests

AP News
Posted: Nov 14, 2011 6:25 PM
Latest developments in the Occupy protests

Some of the latest developments in the Occupy protests:


Police cleared out Oakland's anti-Wall Street encampment early Monday amid complaints about health and safety hazards at protest camps around the country.

Police staged a previous raid on the Oakland encampment on Oct. 25, but Mayor Jean Quan allowed protesters to re-establish their tent city. On Monday, however, Quan said officials could no longer ignore the problems posed by the camp.

A man was shot and killed near the camp last week, but protesters claimed there was no connection between the shooting and the camp.

Social workers will be visiting the Occupy Los Angeles camp this week in an effort to provide services to the homeless people who've moved into the tent village surrounding City Hall.

Organizer Darren Danks said Monday the 485-tent camp has established a committee to deal with the needs of the chronically homeless, who make up about 7 percent of the campers.

Occupy Los Angeles has a policy of not turning anyone away from sleeping at the site or grabbing a free meal at its food tent. But a posting on its website says "it should be remembered that Occupy Los Angeles has no mandate to serve the homeless."


Relations between Occupy Philadelphia protesters and the city appear to be getting more tense, with protesters saying Monday they believe officials are trying to "divide and discredit" their movement.

The protesters have been camped outside City Hall for more than a month. They held a news conference to condemn Mayor Michael Nutter's statement Sunday that he was beefing up the police presence at the encampment because health and safety conditions there had become "intolerable."

The city has asked Occupy Philadelphia to move to a site across the street to make way for a $50 million renovation project scheduled to begin this month, but the group voted Friday night to stay. Philadelphia Managing Director Richard Negrin said the city has not even discussed the idea of removing the protesters from the site.


Tents are being removed from City Hall Park in the state's largest city days after an apparent suicide at the protesters' encampment.

Occupy Burlington protesters had a chance to pick up their belongings Monday, but police said some of the tents were being left for the city to clean up as part of the protest. Police Chief Michael Schirling said: "The breakdown is proceeding as anticipated."

Over the weekend, the protesters agreed to remove their tents or allow police to do the job, the Burlington Free Press reported. The decision came after Thursday's apparent suicide of a man police called a transient, who shot himself in one of the tents after pointing a handgun at other people.


A judge on Monday dismissed trespassing and other citations against 55 Occupy Nashville protesters and ordered their records expunged.

The ruling was the latest in a series of defeats for Gov. Bill Haslam's attempt to dislodge the group with a curfew on the grounds around the state Capitol.

Protester Dorsey Malina said: "We won again."


Police in the politically liberal college town Chapel Hill faced criticism Monday for sending officers with guns drawn to raid a building being occupied by demonstrators. Two journalists and other non-Occupy protesters were handcuffed, forced to lie on the ground and photographed in the raid, which happened Sunday at a vacant car dealership taken over by protesters.

The protesters put in windows banners with slogans such as "Occupy Everything."

Chapel Hill is one of several North Carolina cities with protests inspired by Occupy Wall Street, and until Sunday the demonstrators and city had mostly coexisted peacefully. Unlike Raleigh and Charlotte, where police have racked up thousands of dollars in costs by posting officers at the encampments around the clock, Chapel Hill has not kept a constant police presence.

Chapel Hill police said attendees from an anarchist book fair broke into the dealership. Police said they were concerned about the people barricading themselves in the building, placing traps and destroying property.


Small but dedicated bands of protesters have set up in cities around Kentucky to deliver the Occupy Wall Street message to the Bluegrass state.

Many of the demonstrators have put up camps and are staying overnight like the activists who descended on Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan to call attention to income inequality and policies they say favor the wealthy over the poor. Protesters have staked out spots in Louisville and Lexington as well as smaller cities such as Ashland, Paducah, Owensboro and Bowling Green.

Jennifer Potter and a friend organized Occupy Ashland. Potter says she heard about New York's movement and really wanted to be there but couldn't go. She says her main concern is "getting money out of politics."