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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:
The senior St. Paul's Cathedral priest who welcomed anti-capitalist demonstrators to a camp outside the landmark in London has resigned, as the church considers taking legal action to evict the protesters. The cathedral confirms that Canon Chancellor Giles Fraser has stepped down, but has not given his reasons. Protesters have been camped outside the building since Oct. 15. When police tried to move them the next day, Fraser said the demonstrators were welcome to stay and asked police officers to move instead.
Police say they are investigating reports that a woman was raped while participating in the anti-capitalist protests in Glasgow. The report involved a 28-year-old woman at a tent in the city's George Square. No arrests have been made. Occupy Glasgow organizers said they are shocked by the report and working with police to ensure that everyone at the camp is safe.
Anti-Wall Street protesters hold a late-night march through the streets of Oakland, a day after one demonstrator ' an Iraq War veteran ' is left in critical condition with a fractured skull following a clash with police. But another showdown between police and protesters appears to be averted late Wednesday night. In Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says the Occupy LA encampment outside City Hall "cannot continue indefinitely." San Francisco police have already cleared two encampments.
Police in riot gear and SWAT teams arrest 53 people in Woodruff Park, many of whom had camped out there for weeks. Mayor Kasim Reed, who had been supportive of the protests, says Wednesday he had no choice to arrest them because he believes things are headed in a direction that was no longer peaceful. He cites a man seen walking the park with an AK-47 assault rifle.
In American cities where Occupy Wall Street demonstrations are taking place, officials express concern that garbage, human waste and hygiene are becoming a growing worry in the public encampments. Poor food storage exacerbates a rat infestation in Oakland. Inspectors find open human waste in Philadelphia. Hypothermia cases develop in Denver after a snowstorm hits.
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.