Mary Altaffer, Associated Press
Some of the latest developments in the Occupy protests:
Occupy Wall Street supporters in Denver are preparing to move from Civic Center Park to another city park to make way for a Veteran's Day celebration. Protesters say they plan to march in front of downtown banks Saturday as part of a national movement to urge people to close their national bank accounts and transfer their money to local credit unions. Activists in Pueblo and Grand Junction are also planning to participate in the effort to withdraw their money from banks.
Members of Occupy Delaware are planning a weekend rally in Wilmington and are threatening to camp at the rally site indefinitely in defiance of state authorities. The state environmental department, which oversees H. Fletcher Brown Park, has offered the group a permit to rally there during normal park hours on Saturday and Sunday. Officials say camping isn't possible because children from a nearby daycare center use the park twice a day for recreation. Officials instead are considering allowing Occupy Delaware to set up a long-term occupation at Brandywine Park, also in Wilmington.
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 Rev. Jesse Jackson and a group of Occupy Atlanta protesters took over the lobby of SuntTrust Plaza in downtown Atlanta for about an hour on Friday afternoon. The group sang protest songs at the Atlanta-based bank's downtown headquarters, which was shut down during the protest. After the protest, Jackson said that the movement should be about banks and financial conditions and not about clashes with mayors and police.
Casting the Wall Street protesters as misguided, Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann on Thursday said their frustrations should instead be directed at Washington politicians who protect their allies and put unfriendly companies out of business. Bachmann said politicians have far too much power and unfairly pick winners and losers. The Minnesota congresswoman, trying to recapture her once surging poll numbers, said she has watched lawmakers enact laws that intentionally shut businesses down.
Hennepin County says it is rejecting a request by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota to rescind new restrictions on protesters. The ACLU-MN contends the restrictions violate the protesters' First Amendment rights. The county says the government plaza occupied by protesters needs to be winterized, and she cites health and safety concerns. Under the new restrictions, protesters at the downtown Minneapolis plaza will have to consolidate their possessions and can't leave them unattended or they'll be taken. Signs will not be allowed to be taped to plaza property. And overnight sleeping won't be allowed once significant snow falls or the temperature falls below 25 degrees.
Occupy St. Louis protesters camping out in a downtown park are bracing for a new problem — cold weather. KMOX Radio (http://cbsloc.al/uIdsxI ) reports that many protesters living in tents in Kiener Plaza are using electric heaters to keep them warm. Highs earlier this week were in the mid-70s in St. Louis, but the weather took a colder turn on Thursday, with overnight lows in the 30s. Protester Brad Veltry says 30 to 40 people are committed to maintaining a presence there, even when freezing weather arrives.
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