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Latest developments in the Occupy protests

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Nov. 5 2011 3:00 a.m. MDT

Protestors, including those from Occupy Philadelphia, gather in front of hotel where Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is holding a fundraiser Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia. The encampment at City Hall is one of many being held across the country similar to the ongoing Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York.

Alex Brandon, Associated Press

Some of the latest developments in the Occupy protests:

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

Police will not charge a driver for striking three people taking part in an Occupy DC protest in downtown Washington.

Lt. Christopher Micciche said the driver had a green light when his vehicle struck the three on Friday night. He said witnesses told police that the three pedestrians "either ran toward or jumped in front of the moving vehicle." He said one pedestrian jumped on the hood of the car. One of them was cited for being in the roadway.

"The protesters were apparently trying to block the roadway," Micciche said. "It was essentially an accident where three individuals were injured but they were in violation by being in the roadway."

D.C. fire department spokesman Lon Walls said Saturday morning that the three were transported to two area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

CALIFORNIA

A second Iraq War veteran was hospitalized after officials said he was hurt during protests in Oakland.

Kayvan Sabeghi, 32, was being treated at Oakland's Highland Hospital and was in fair condition, hospital spokesman Curt Olsen said, without releasing further details of Sabeghi's injuries, or of his treatment.

A week earlier, Marine veteran Scott Olsen, 24, suffered a skull fracture during clashes between police and Occupy Oakland participants. Olsen, who also served in Iraq, worked his day job as a security software engineer and joined participants at night at Occupy San Francisco before traveling across the bay to the Oakland site where he was injured.

Dottie Guy, of the Iraq Veterans Against the War, said Friday that Sabeghi was in the intensive care unit of the hospital after suffering a lacerated spleen and internal bleeding. Guy said Sabeghi was taken to the hospital after being arrested and held in a jail cell.

Records show Sabeghi was booked early Thursday during the Occupy Oakland protests on suspicion of resisting arrest. He was one of 103 people officials said had been arrested by 3 p.m. Thursday.

COLORADO

Occupy Wall Street supporters in Denver 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.

DELAWARE

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. Officials say camping isn't possible because children from a nearby daycare center use the park twice a day for recreation.

WASHINGTON STATE

State troopers have made two arrests and removed five small tents that Occupy Washington protesters pitched on the state Capitol Campus lawn in Olympia.

The Olympian reports that state Department of Enterprise Services Director Joyce Turner ordered the tents removed Friday night.

The new protest was an outgrowth of the Olympia-Occupy Wall Street protest that began Oct. 16 in a downtown Olympia park and moved a day later to Heritage Park, next to Capitol Lake. The Heritage Park encampment recently grew to as many as 100 tents.

NEW YORK

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the violence that erupted in Oakland, California, won't be repeated in New York. Bloomberg said Friday on his weekly radio appearance that the city won't tolerate some of the behavior at Zuccotti Park in Manhattan, but officials also must "understand the laws and the implications." The mayor says that anybody who thinks the city is doing nothing is wrong.

AUSTRALIA

Hundreds of Occupy Sydney protesters have taken to the streets of Australia's largest city amid a heavy police presence.

The activists have vowed to reoccupy a pedestrian mall in the heart of Sydney's central business district. They converged on Town Hall on Saturday bearing banners with slogans such as "You can't eat money" and "Stop police brutality."

There was a significant police presence at the rally, with riot squad officers, mounted police and two police trucks on standby.

Last month, police were accused of using excessive force after 40 protesters were arrested in a dawn raid that ended the group's weeklong protest at the mall, known as Martin Place, which is home to several banks and other corporations.

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