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Latest developments in the Occupy protests occurring in places around the world
Some of the latest developments in the Occupy protests taking place in cities across the world:
A plainclothes police officer who's becoming known as the "hipster cop" for his fashion sense says he thinks his rising profile helps "break down a lot of walls." Detective Rick Lee, 45, has been the subject of much Internet chatter for showing up at Zuccotti Park for his work as a community affairs officer wearing narrow ties, cardigan sweaters and thick-framed glasses.
Rainy weather put a damper on the protests Wednesday, with demonstrators huddled under tarps. A couple of die-hards stood in the downpour holding up American flags and wearing gas masks.
Charleston is known for its Southern hospitality. Now it's playing host to the region's newest "Occupy" protests. Occupy Charleston got a permit to stay at a city park beginning Wednesday, and about 30 people showed up. The permit allows groups of up to 49 people to protest outside City Hall, banks and other locations. If the crowds were bigger, the marches would require a city parade permit.
Sacramento police say nine protesters associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement were arrested at downtown's Cesar Chavez Park on suspicion of being there after hours and failing to disperse. City officials had refused to grant a permit allowing them to remain in the park overnight. Laura Peck, police spokeswoman in the California capital city, said the nine were among about 100 people demonstrating; the other protesters complied with police orders to leave. Sacramento police have now arrested around 70 people.
Police in Asheville arrested four people ' for washing windows. Protester Amy Hamilton said she and nine other demonstrators were cleaning up the Merrill Lynch building when four were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of trespassing. About 200 people have participated in Asheville, a city in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.
Some demonstrators marched to a Cincinnati City Council meeting to voice concern over what they said were some leaders' apparent opposition to the protest. The group also wants the city to change its rule banning people from a downtown park after closing hours. A federal judge on Tuesday had ordered a temporary stop to the police ticketing of the protesters.