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Latest developments in the global Occupy protests

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 1 2011 5:30 p.m. MDT

Traffic moves through the busy Port of Oakland area Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, in Oakland, Calif. The port area could be the target for protesters as Oakland braces for Wednesday's citywide general strike, a hastily planned and ambitious action called by Occupy protesters a day after police forcibly removed their City Hall encampment last week. The union representing Oakland's police officers, who had a violent clash with Occupy Wall Street protesters last week, has written an open letter to residents, pointing out that the officers are also part of "the 99 percent." The letter also questions the mayor's decision to give city workers the day off to participate in a Wednesday strike that seeks to shut down the Port of Oakland.

Ben Margot, Associated Press

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

CALIFORNIA

Protesters hope to shut down the Port of Oakland, the fifth-busiest shipping container port in the U.S., on Wednesday. Organizers say they also plan to march outside banks, corporations, foreclosed homes, schools and libraries in what they are calling a broad-based call to action.

The local Service Employees International Union is encouraging members to seek time off work to stand in support of Occupy Oakland. Occupy protests in other cities are planning marches around the same time, and some appear to be in solidarity with Oakland's plans.

Protesters reclaimed their camp on the lawn outside Oakland City Hall after police cleared the area in a well-publicized raid and clash on Oct. 25. City officials reported that activities there were calm and peaceful.

IOWA

Occupy Iowa protesters who have been camping out for weeks at a Des Moines park say they'll ask people across the country to protest this winter at candidates' headquarters in the final weeks before the state's leadoff presidential caucuses, scheduled for Jan. 3.

A group of the protesters voted Monday night to put out the call to like-minded activists, asking them to endure a cold Iowa winter to make their views known to candidates who flock to the state.

Iowa Republican Chairman Matt Strawn said: "It's ironic that this group would choose to disrupt the most grassroots-oriented process in national politics — the Iowa caucuses."

NEW YORK

In a clash of New York City mayors past and present, Ed Koch and Michael Bloomberg took opposing sides at a panel discussion on the protests, with Bloomberg coming to the defense of banks and Koch angrily calling for criminal prosecutions of corporate executives.

"It was not the banks that created the mortgage crisis. It was, plain and simple, Congress," said Bloomberg, a former executive of a financial information company, at the event for business leaders.

Koch responded by noting that major banks have been fined hundreds of millions of dollars. "What do you think they got fined for? Schmutz on the sidewalk?" he asked in his signature New York twang, using a Yiddish term for dirt.

Former Mayor David Dinkins, also on the panel, stayed out of the discussion of the protests, saying he would leave it to the experts to debate fiscal matters.

An online payment service says more than 8,000 donors from 37 countries have contributed money online to Occupy Wall Street since the movement took off several weeks ago. WePay said Tuesday that about $325,000 had been donated as of Oct. 27.

ENGLAND

Authorities in London suspended legal action to evict protesters camped outside St. Paul's Cathedral, after church leaders gave the tent city a reprieve.

Officials had been due to hand the protesters a letter asking them to remove their tents within 48 hours or face a court battle. But the City of London Corporation said legal action was being "paused overnight" so that officials can meet for more talks.

The two-week standoff over the scores of tents set up outside the iconic cathedral has been an embarrassment for the church, but an attention-getting bonanza for protesters.

On Monday, the cathedral's dean quit, saying that he felt his position had become untenable as criticism of the cathedral mounted in the media and in public opinion. Graeme Knowles had urged protesters to leave the cathedral area to allow it to reopen its doors.

He was the third church official to resign over the issue in the past two weeks.

OREGON

For the second time, police in Portland dislodged protesters who tried to expand their encampment. Before dawn Tuesday, city officers helped Federal Protective Service agents clear a federal plaza next to two city parks where a tent city sprang up Oct. 6.

The police said later Tuesday that 10 people were arrested and their tents removed. Nine were later released, and one remained in custody because of an outstanding warrant.

The city has allowed protesters to camp on two city-owned park blocks but said they can't occupy more.

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