Latest developments in the Occupy protests

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Nov. 4 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

Occupy Tulsa protesters stand at the H.A. Chapman Centennial Green in Tulsa, Okla. Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011. Police arrested 13 protesters with the Occupy Tulsa movement for violating a curfew at a park in the city's financial district. Demonstrators said Thursday that the 23 arrests in the past two days, some of which involved officers using pepper spray, only made them more resolute to keep returning to the park.

The Tulsa World, Mike Simons, Associated Press

Some of the latest developments in the Occupy protests:


Occupy Wall Street supporters who staged rallies that shut down the nation's fifth-busiest port during a day of protests on Thursday condemned the demonstrators who clashed with police in the latest flare-up of violence in Oakland, California.

The 3,000-person protest outside the port Wednesday night represented an escalation in tactics as demonstrators targeted a major symbol of the nation's commerce with peaceful rallies and sit-ins, managing to effectively suspend maritime operations there for the night.

Riot police arrested dozens of protesters in the city's downtown, where bands of demonstrators threw chunks of concrete and metal pipes as well as lit roman candles and firebombs, police said. At least four protesters and several officers were injured.

On Thursday afternoon, representatives from the Occupy Oakland media committee read a statement saying participants supported the goal of reclaiming empty buildings to serve the public but regretted that their daylong downtown demonstration was marred by an "autonomous" group.

In downtown Los Angeles, about 100 nurses and supporters marched in a call for a tax on Wall Street financial transactions. The members of National Nurses United and the California Nurses Association are wearing red T-shirts saying "An Economy for the 99 Percent."

A federal judge sided with Sacramento's enforcement of a city ordinance banning anti-Wall Street protesters from camping overnight in a downtown park. U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr. ruled that the time restriction does not violate protesters' First Amendment rights.


Denver supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement said Thursday they're temporarily moving their protest location out of respect for a Veterans Day parade and will march in front of downtown banks this weekend.

Protesters have been stationed across the street from the state Capitol for weeks, but group members said they'll move Saturday to give space for the parade honoring veterans in Civic Center Park.

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore told Occupy Wall Street supporters in Denver to be mindful of people trying to incite violence within the movement, saying they could be working undercover for the government.


Sarah Palin told Republican donors in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, that Occupy Wall Street protesters want the same thing as the "fat cats" they're upset with — a government bailout. Palin criticized the protesters as believing they're entitled to other people's productivity and money and said they've drawn the wrong conclusions. Instead, the former Alaska governor said people should look to the tea party.


The Occupy Atlanta movement got a boost Thursday from the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who told protesters at a homeless shelter that their efforts are an extension of the struggle he helped lead for civil rights in America.

Jackson urged the protesters to keep up the fight and to focus their anger on economic and social disparities, not City Hall.

"Do not let difficult times break your spirits," Jackson said. "In all things, keep your eyes on the prize. Renew your faith, keep your hope alive and victory is assured."

Jackson is in Atlanta participating in a conference with his Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and said the organization shares many of the concerns of the Occupy movement. He also has visited with protesters in other cities around the country, including New York, Chicago and Detroit.


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