Latest developments in the global Occupy protests

AP News
Posted: Oct 29, 2011 4:41 PM
Latest developments in the global Occupy protests

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



Occupy Nashville protesters said Saturday that they plan to continue challenging a new curfew used to disband their encampment, despite two nights of arrests.

Tennessee state troopers arrested 26 people on Friday night, less than twenty-four hours after a pre-dawn raid where 29 were arrested. In both cases, the night magistrate refused to jail the protesters.

The arrests came after Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration on Thursday announced it had created a 10 p.m. curfew and posted notices at the Legislative Plaza, near the Capitol.

About 150 Occupy Nashville protesters gathered for a meeting Saturday, and several said they would again challenge the curfew.

All 26 people arrested Friday night were charged with trespassing; two were also charged with public intoxication; and one was also charged with criminal impersonation, Department of Safety spokeswoman Jennifer Donnals said.


More Wall Street protests were planned around California on Saturday, including in Oakland, where police and demonstrators clashed earlier this week.

A rally against police brutality was scheduled for Saturday evening in front of Oakland's city hall, and a march was expected to follow two hours later.

Oakland's police chief says he takes responsibility for Tuesday's crackdown on anti-Wall Street protesters, who have accused police of seriously injuring an Iraq War veteran during a clash earlier this week.

Interim Chief Howard Jordan's defended the officers involved in the effort to drive protesters from a dayslong encampment, saying they used what they believed to be the least amount of force possible to protect themselves.

The plight of Iraq war veteran Scott Olsen, 24 _ who remained hospitalized in fair condition with a fractured skull _ has become a rallying cry at Occupy protests around the world.

Across San Francisco Bay, protesters were encouraged to wear Halloween costumes for a Saturday afternoon march in San Francisco, where protesters are camped out in a city plaza.

Events were also planned on Saturday in Sacramento and Los Angeles.

Farther south, police in San Diego descended early Friday on an encampment that had housed demonstrators at the Civic Center Plaza and Children's Park for three weeks. They arrested 51 people who faced charges including illegal lodging, illegal drug use, unlawful assembly and blocking officers from performing their duties.


The Occupy Philly movement has evolved into a fledgling tent city with yoga in the mornings, governing assemblies at night and three meals a day prepared at a nearby Quaker facility.

Unlike encampments in some other cities, where occupiers have been forcibly evicted, authorities in Philadelphia have been extraordinarily tolerant.

But the first big test could come next month, when the city embarks on a long-planned $50 million rehabilitation of the plaza currently inhabited by the protesters. Officials have asked Occupy Philly to move across the street to another municipal plaza, but participants haven't yet agreed.

City Managing Director Richard Negrin says that as "the birthplace of free speech," Philadelphia is trying hard to avoid clashes with the protesters. The occupied plaza is less than a mile from Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776.


Maine groups aligned with the Occupy Wall Street movement plan to rally Saturday.

Occupy Bangor says a rally at downtown Bangor's Peirce Park will be followed by a march. The group says participants are organizing to show solidarity for what it calls a "feeling of mass injustice and inequality in America."

In Portland, Occupy Maine says it will also rally Saturday with speakers, music and a march from Monument Square. The weather forecast was for 6 inches (15 centimeters) of snow Saturday evening.


Organizers in Albuquerque plan a Saturday march at the site where about two dozen protesters were arrested earlier this week. The "1st Amendment Solidarity March" starts at University of New Mexico's Yale Park.

Protesters were arrested after school officials ordered the four-week-old protest site closed over safety concerns. New Mexico state police raided the spot late Tuesday and have prevented protesters from returning.

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Organizers are pressing city officials to allow them to relocate to Robinson Park. Albuquerque protesters met Thursday with Mayor Richard Berry, but Berry did not make a decision. He told protesters he wanted to seek a balance between free speech and public safety.


More than 100 social activists planned to stay the night in City Hall Park in Burlington as they worked to expand into a 24-hour operation.

The Burlington protests began on Sunday but Friday's effort marked the first time the Vermont movement was going to try to go full time, at least initially.

City rules don't allow the park to be used between midnight and 6 a.m. But city officials ruled Friday the protesters could stay, as long as no laws were broken and there were no threats to public safety. The city vowed to take a wait and see approach to enforcement of the camping ban.


Participants in the Traverse City protest plan to collect food, clothing and blankets for the needy.

Donations are expected to be given to area nonprofits.



A part-time chaplain at St. Paul's Cathedral has become the second churchman to resign over the church's attitude to the protest outside the building.

Fraser Dyer said he was "embarrassed" by the decision to take legal action to try to evict the anti-capitalist protesters. Senior clergyman Giles Fraser resigned earlier, saying he feared moves to evict the protesters could end in violence.

Church and local government authorities are separately going to court to try to evict the protesters, though officials have acknowledged it could take weeks or months to get an order to remove the tent city.

As the iconic church reopened after a weeklong closure triggered by the protest, the City of London Corporation said it was launching legal action on the grounds that the protest is an "unreasonable user of the highway." Scores of tents are pitched on the pedestrianized square in front of the cathedral and near a footpath alongside the building.