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Latest developments in the Occupy protests

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Nov. 11 2011 4:16 p.m. MST

Occupy Wall Street protestors sit under the blue tarp that covers the media center in Zuccotti Park, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, in New York. The park has become a veritable sea of multicolored tents and tarps with narrow walkways snaking through the grounds as the protestors prepare for the coming winter.

John Minchillo, Associated Press

Some of the latest developments in the Occupy protests:

CALIFORNIA

Citing a strain on limited crime-fighting resources, police officers pleaded with Occupy Oakland protesters Friday to leave their encampment at the City Hall plaza where a man was shot and killed the night before.

The Oakland Police Officer's Association, which represents rank-and-file police, issued an open letter to protesters.

"With last night's homicide, in broad daylight, in the middle of rush hour, Frank Ogawa Plaza is no longer safe," the letter said. "Please leave peacefully, with your heads held high, so we can get police officers back to work fighting crime in Oakland neighborhoods."

A preliminary investigation into the gunfire suggests it resulted from a fight between two groups of men at or near the encampment, police Chief Howard Jordan said. Investigators do not yet know if the men in the fight were associated with Occupy Oakland, he said.

Protesters said there was no connection between the shooting and the camp.

In Fresno, a fifth night of arrests at the Occupy protesters' encampment brought the total this week to 54.

MISSOURI

St. Louis officials have told Occupy St. Louis protesters to move out of a downtown park, but many protesters say they plan to be arrested when police action begins.

The city's original deadline of 3 p.m. Friday passed without any action — Keiner Plaza was filled with around 200 demonstrators but police did not show up to force anyone to remove the 50 or so tents at the park. Eddie Roth of Mayor Francis Slay's staff declined to say specifically when police and parks officials would step in.

NEW YORK

A dozen tents sprung up overnight in Washington Square Park after the mayor shifted direction to allow Occupy Rochester to protest round the clock in a city park where 48 people had been charged with violating a nighttime curfew.

The trespassing arrests over the last two weeks were the first in upstate New York's major cities among supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Now, protesters say, Rochester is the only city in New York to provide a legal basis for an Occupy encampment.

OHIO

An Occupy protest group in Ohio is holding off on saying "yes" to a request that it move out of the way of a Christmas tree lighting-ceremony.

Occupy Dayton demonstrator John Tall tells the Dayton Daily News the group will discuss the issue on Saturday before making a decision.

The protest is going on in Dayton's Courthouse Square, where the ceremony called the Grande Illumination is planned for Nov. 25.

President Sandy Gudorf of the Downtown Dayton Partnership says that while the Occupy Group has a right to protest, the kickoff of the holiday season isn't the right place to make a political statement.

OREGON

Police say they believe some people inside the Occupy Portland encampments are preparing for a confrontation when officers attempt to clear the parks.

Occupy Portland organizers say the movement is nonviolent and have appealed to people in the camp to resist peacefully when the midnight Saturday deadline arrives.

But authorities say that a call for reinforcements has gone out to other cities, and as many as 150 anarchists may come to Portland. Police also say some elements may be building shields and looking for gas masks.

Mayor Sam Adams has ordered the camp shut down, citing unhealthy conditions and the encampment's attraction of drug users and thieves

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