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Latest developments in the Occupy protests

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 15 2011 2:35 a.m. MST

Occupy Nashville activists Elizabeth Barger, left, Scott Akers, and Eva Watler celebrate outside the Justice A.A. Birch Building after charges against Occupy Nashville protestors were dropped in General Sessions Court, Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 in Nashville, Tenn. The ruling was the latest in a series of defeats for Gov. Bill Haslam's attempt to dislodge the group with a curfew on the grounds around the state Capitol.

The Tennessean, Dipti Vaidya, Associated Press

Some of the latest developments in the Occupy protests:

NEW YORK

Police cleared New York City's Zuccotti Park early Tuesday so that sanitation crews could clean the site Occupy Wall Street protesters have inhabited for two months.

At about 1 a.m. Tuesday, police handed out notices from Brookfield Office Properties, owner of the park, and the city saying that the area had to be cleared because it had become unsanitary and hazardous. Protesters were told they could return in several hours, but without sleeping bags, tarps or tents.

Minutes later, the mayor's office tweeted that the protesters should "temporarily leave."

Police in riot gear filled the streets, car lights flashing and sirens blaring. Protesters, some of whom shouted angrily at police, began marching to two locations in Lower Manhattan where they planned to hold rallies.

Paul Brown, a spokesman for the New York Police Department, said arrests had been made.

Some protesters refused to leave the park, but many left peacefully.

CALIFORNIA

Anti-Wall Street activists intend to converge at the University of California, Berkeley on Tuesday for a day of protests and another attempt to set up an Occupy Cal camp, less than a week after police arrested dozens of demonstrators who tried to set up tents on campus.

ReFund California, a coalition of student group and university employee unions, has called for a campus strike, a large afternoon rally and a march to protest banks and budget cuts to higher education.

The Berkeley protesters will be joined by Occupy Oakland activists who said they would march to the UC campus in the afternoon. Police cleared the tent city in front of Oakland City Hall before dawn Monday and arrested more than 50 people amid complaints about safety, sanitation and drug use.

Last Wednesday, baton-wielding police clashed with Occupy Cal protesters who tried to set up tents and arrested 40 of them as the university sought to uphold a campus ban on camping.

PENNSYLVANIA

Relations between Occupy Philadelphia protesters and the city appear to be getting more tense, with protesters saying Monday they believe officials are trying to "divide and discredit" their movement.

The protesters have been camped outside City Hall for more than a month. They held a news conference to condemn Mayor Michael Nutter's statement Sunday that he was beefing up the police presence at the encampment because health and safety conditions there had become "intolerable."

The city has asked Occupy Philadelphia to move to a site across the street to make way for a $50 million renovation project scheduled to begin this month, but the group voted Friday night to stay. Philadelphia Managing Director Richard Negrin said the city has not even discussed the idea of removing the protesters from the site.

VERMONT

Tents are being removed from City Hall Park in the state's largest city days after an apparent suicide at the protesters' encampment.

Occupy Burlington protesters had a chance to pick up their belongings Monday, but police said some of the tents were being left for the city to clean up as part of the protest. Police Chief Michael Schirling said: "The breakdown is proceeding as anticipated."

Over the weekend, the protesters agreed to remove their tents or allow police to do the job, the Burlington Free Press reported. The decision came after Thursday's apparent suicide of a man police called a transient, who shot himself in one of the tents after pointing a handgun at other people.

TENNESSEE

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