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Latest developments in the Occupy protests occurring in places around the world
LONDON (AP) ' Some of the latest developments in the Occupy protests taking place in cities across the world:
Police moved into a downtown Atlanta park early Wednesday and arrested around 50 Occupy Wall Street protesters who had been encamped in Woodruff Park for about two weeks. Before police moved in, protesters were warned around midnight to vacate or risk arrest. The warnings were drowned out by drumbeats and chants of "Our park!" Police included SWAT teams in riot gear, dozens of officers on motorcycles, several on horseback and helicopters overhead. State Sen. Vincent Fort was among those arrested and had come to the park in support of the protesters in recent days. He called the police presence "overkill."
Protesters gathered at a downtown Oakland library and marched toward City Hall on Tuesday night in an attempt to re-establish a presence in the area of the disbanded camp where police had fired tear gas and beanbag grounds earlier that day to disperse them. By Wednesday morning, the scene was calm but tense as the crowd of hundreds of protesters dwindled to just a few dozen.
Charges against hundreds of protesters who were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge or at Manhattan's Union Square could be dropped if the protesters accept a deal from the district attorney. But defense lawyer Martin Stolar says many of them will likely reject the deal because it is void if they are arrested again and might chill their ability to continue protesting. The district attorney's office declined to comment.
MTV said 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.
Richard Chartres, the bishop of London, says protesters camped outside St. Paul's Cathedral should go home. Protesters pitched tents outside the cathedral 11 days ago. Initially they were invited to stay, but on Friday the building shut its doors to the public, citing health and safety concerns. Chartres said Wednesday that the protest had "raised a number of very important questions." But, he said, "the time has come for the protesters to leave, before the camp's presence threatens to eclipse entirely the issues that it was set up to address." The protesters say they plan to stay.
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.
Baltimore officials want protesters to scale back their presence at a downtown plaza. A draft copy of the city's response to Occupy Baltimore's permit application shows that only two people will be allowed to stay overnight as night watchmen in one tent. Everyone else must leave by midnight, when the plaza closes to visitors. The group said in a statement that it is preparing for possible intervention and calling for supporters to join them. Late Tuesday, more than 150 people had gathered at the site by the time the daily general assembly meeting began.
More than a dozen protesters with Albuquerque's demonstration were arrested at the University of New Mexico after the school ordered them out of a makeshift campsite. Police shut down the protest site at Yale Park, forcing hundreds of protesters onto the sidewalks and a main thoroughfare.
About 30 protesters in downtown Denver stacked blankets and sleeping bags near bags of charcoal as they vowed to remain through the season's first snow, which began falling Wednesday morning. Up to 4 inches was expected, and protesters appeared determined to stick it out. They've received briefings on winter camping and have put a plan in place to check each other for signs of hypothermia. They've also gotten shovels and plan to take turns keeping the sidewalks clear of snow.
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.