After raids, Wall Street protesters shift tactics

By Chris Hawley

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 30 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

In New York, protesters have continued to meet in Zuccotti Park, where the Occupy movement began, even though police cleared out their tents on Nov. 15. They planned to protest outside a fundraising dinner by President Barack Obama on Wednesday and a conference of aerospace executives Thursday that they branded a meeting of "war profiteers."

On Monday, Occupy protesters disrupted a session of the Washington state Legislature in Olympia. State troopers used stun guns against at least three people and issued 30 trespassing citations. In Bloomington, Ind., police arrested five protesters who tried to block the entrance to a recruiting event by JPMorgan Chase Bank at Indiana University's business school Tuesday night.

In St. Louis, protesters whose camp was broken up by police on Nov. 12 planned to march to the Federal Reserve Bank office on Thursday. John Mills, a technical writer, called the dissolution of the camp a minor setback.

"It's dampened some spirits, but I think people are just as passionate, just as excited and just as ready for change as they were before," Mills said.

In Atlanta, where protesters moved to a homeless shelter after police drove them out of Woodruff Park in October, organizer La'Die Mansfield said the group will participate in an international day of action in support of Egypt this weekend and occupy a home marked for foreclosure next week, as part of a national Occupy protest on that issue.

On Dec. 12 protesters plan to blockade entrances to seaports along the West Coast. Others plan to march as a "human float" on the fringes of the New Year's Day Rose Parade under the slogan "Everything is not coming up roses."

Associated Press writers Christina Hoag, Greg Risling and Robert Jablon in Los Angeles; Patrick Walters in Philadelphia; Sara Brumfield in Annapolis, Md.; Janet McConnaughey in New Orleans; Brett Zongker in Washington, Rebecca Boone in Boise, Idaho; Errin Haines in Atlanta; Jim Salter in St. Louis; Nigel Duara in Portland, Ore.; Chris Grygiel in Seattle; Mark Pratt in Boston; Steve Karnowski in Minneapolis; Beth Duff-Brown in San Francisco; and Pam Ramsey in Charlottesville, Va., contributed to this story.

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