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Latest developments in the Occupy protests

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Nov. 25 2011 2:35 p.m. MST

Occupy protesters had a potluck meal on Thanksgiving Day at their campsite near the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Organizer Sebring Frehner said he was happy to skip his traditional meal at home. "Instead of hunkering down with five or six close individuals in your home, people you probably see all of the time anyway, you are celebrating Thanksgiving with many different families — kind of like the original Thanksgiving," he said.

NEW YORK

In New York, a squabble erupted when police ordered a halt to drumming by protesters at an otherwise traditional holiday meal. About 500 protesters were digging into donated turkey and trimmings at lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park when police told a drummer to drop playing.

About 200 protesters surrounded a group of about 30 officers and began shouting in the park where the Occupy movement was launched Sept. 17.

"Why don't you arrest the drummers in the Thanksgiving parade?" a protester hollered.

A van rolled up with more officers, but they stayed back as protesters eventually decided to call off the drumming and return to their food. Tensions have run high at the park since campers were evicted Nov. 15.

OKLAHOMA

A group of Occupy OKC activists were arrested and jailed after a protest at a Del City Wal-Mart store.

Occupy OKC participant Mark Faulk said 10 members of the group were arrested early Friday after conducting a group chant inside the store in the Oklahoma City suburb. Faulk said the protesters were jailed for disorderly conduct, and five of them were released on bond Friday morning.

Faulk contended police used excessive force by tackling and handcuffing participants who were heading toward the exit after being asked to leave by store personnel. Del City Police Lt. Steve Robinson disagreed.

Faulk said the group was protesting wage disparity of store workers with that of corporate officers.

OREGON

Eugene police say Occupy protesters chanted and used a bullhorn during early shopping hours Friday at two Wal-Mart stores; one person was arrested on a trespassing charge.

PENNSYLVANIA

Occupy Harrisburg says a member of its group was arrested at a city mall on Black Friday over a zombie outfit.

Lower Allen Township police confirm that a person dressed as a zombie was arrested after refusing mall security's request to remove the facial makeup.

The Capital City Mall bans outfits that hide a person's face. Police say the others agreed to wash off their makeup.

Occupy Harrisburg organizers say members dressed as zombies to protest the consumerism of the celebrated shopping day. They say the protesters walked peacefully through the mall early Friday and did not disrupt shoppers.

Police charged the protester with misdemeanor trespassing.

WASHINGTON

Occupy Seattle says it's promoting homemade gifts and local businesses as an alternative to what it calls "rampant consumerism that plagues society, destroys the environment and supports the 1 percent" that controls most of the wealth.

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